From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh
In Frankfort, hundreds of people braved the Veterans Day rain and cold to rededicate the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Constructed 20 years ago, the monument honors the 11-hundred Kentuckians who died in Vietnam and the 125-thousand who served during the war. Keynote speaker for the event was Adjutant General Edward Tonini.
“After our Revolutionary War, President George Washington said ‘We owe these veterans a debt of gratitude, indeed a debt of honor.’ So all over our nation today, Americans are gathered to remember and pay tribute to our veterans,” said Tonini. “Today is a chance to thank those who have selflessly answered the call to duty and remember those who have served.”
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located on windswept hill overlooking the State Capitol, is one of the most unique monuments in the nation. The giant sundial casts a shadow over the name of each Kentuckian killed in Vietnam on the day he died. Over the years, the monument has become a gathering site, and place for quiet reflection, for ALL Kentucky veterans.