Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes to Recognize Memorial Day

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 22, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentuckians that Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day, the national holiday recognizing military servicemen and women who have died while serving the United States in the armed forces.


“Memorial Day is a truly special occasion to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve and protect the freedoms we all enjoy,” Grimes said. “I hope everyone takes this chance to reflect on and pay tribute to selfless men and women who dedicate their lives to serving our state and nation.”   


As Secretary of State, Grimes has made it a top priority to recognize the men and women who are serving or have served our country. In 2012, she visited Kentucky military overseas to discuss overseas voting processes. Her discussions led to the passage of bipartisan legislation improving military voting procedures in the Commonwealth.


Kentucky’s first-ever Military Heroes Voting Initiative, passed by the General Assembly in 2013, created Grimes’ military and overseas voter portal. The portal launched in 2014 and has been widely praised by county clerks and its users. More than 700 voters have utilized its features, which include registering to vote, updating voter registration, and requesting and receiving absentee ballots electronically.


During each election cycle since she took office, Grimes has urged Kentuckians to participate in her office’s “Vote In Honor of a Veteran” program. Voters may request buttons from the Secretary of State’s office that they may wear to the polls on Election Day to indicate the name of the veteran they are honoring with their vote.


On Monday, Memorial Day, the Kentucky National Guard will dedicate a new memorial at the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. The names of 233 men and women who have fallen in the line of duty since 1912 are remembered on the memorial. Grimes thanks the men and women who dreamed of the memorial and then diligently worked to see it built and opened. For more information, visit


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