Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Greets 101st Airborne Veterans
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes continued
her active support of Kentucky’s military veterans this week, helping to
announce the inductees to the 2015 class of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame
and participating in a Welcome Home Ceremony at Ft. Campbell for approximately
800 veterans who served in the 101st Airborne Division.
In 2014 Grimes helped establish the Kentucky
Veterans Hall of Fame, which honors Kentucky military veterans who have
demonstrated exemplary military service as well as military/civilian service to
their communities, state, and nation. On July 29, Grimes spoke at a ceremony in
the Capitol Rotunda to announce the 2015 class of inductees, which is comprised
of 25 veterans from the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force. It is the first
class that includes female veterans.
“Each of the inductees’ military service alone
warrants tremendous respect and gratitude,” said Grimes. “But these veterans’
service transcends the battlefield, as they have gone above and beyond the call
of duty by continuing to give back to our state and nation even after their
military service ended. We are grateful for all they have done and continue to
do to ensure that we all may live in a free, democratic society.”
The July 30 Welcome Home Ceremony at Ft. Campbell
was part of the “Day of the Eagles,” a series of events to celebrate the
history of the 101st Airborne Division. The Division, headquartered at Ft. Campbell,
is one of the most highly decorated units in the U.S. Army, playing prominent
roles in World War II and the Vietnam War. Most recently, the Division has
conducted missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“The Screaming Eagles represent decades of service
and exemplify the virtues of duty and honor,” said Grimes. “I’m proud to help
demonstrate Kentucky’s continued appreciation for all they have done for our
Grimes is passionate about supporting Kentucky’s
active-duty and veteran military members and their families. Since taking
office in 2012, she has advocated on their behalves with respect to issues
ranging from jobs and training to treatment to voting. In 2012, she visited Kentucky
troops in the Middle East to discuss overseas voting procedures. Her
discussions led to the passage of bipartisan legislation improving military
voting in the Commonwealth.
first-ever Military Heroes Voting Initiative, passed by the General Assembly in
2013, created Grimes’ military and overseas voter
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.
Since taking office in 2012, Grimes has successfully
sought more than ten bipartisan pieces of legislation – more than any other
constitutional officer during the same time frame – to make Kentucky more
business friendly and safeguard access to the ballot box. She is spending
several days this week in West Kentucky sharing with businesses and citizens
the improvements and new opportunities created by her office’s initiatives.
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