Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Greets 101st Airborne Veterans

Press Release Date:  Thursday, July 30, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

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 country.”


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.


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.


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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