Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Recognizes Kentuckian for Commitment to Honoring Veterans
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today honored
Doug Day of Nicholasville for his longtime commitment to recognizing Kentucky veterans.
Grimes presented a NASS Medallion Award to Day for
his dedication to supporting active-duty and veteran military members in the
community at the Jessamine County Military Honors Ceremony at Edgewood Baptist
Church, continuing her support and advocacy for veterans’ services. She also
welcomed the military members being honored and thanked them for their selfless
service. The ceremony was sponsored by Military Freedom Fest.
Day founded Military Freedom Fest to raise money and
awareness for Kentucky military members – past, present, and deceased – and
their families. As of today’s ceremony, 5,000 service members have been
recognized as part of the Military Honors program. The ceremonies are paid for
with proceeds from an annual event organized by volunteers.
“Our military members, both active-duty and veteran,
deserve our deepest respect and gratitude for dedicating their lives to
protecting our freedom, and I applaud Doug for his tireless efforts to honor
them,” said Grimes. “Events like the Freedom Fest and Honors Ceremony help us
remain vigilant in ensuring Kentucky’s 300,000 veterans receive the services
they have earned, from health care and counseling, to education and job
training, to housing. I appreciate the opportunity to show my thanks and make
sure we never stop trying to repay the debt we owe them.”
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.
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