Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Recognizes Kentuckian for Commitment to Honoring Veterans

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 13, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

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.


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.


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