Secretary of State
Secretary of State Encourages Kentuckians to Honor Veterans

Press Release Date:  Thursday, April 26, 2012  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging Kentucky residents to take advantage of special opportunities to honor our nation’s veterans. “Remembering and paying tribute to those who risk their lives to protect us is important,” said Grimes, the Commonwealth’s Chief Election Official and chief advocate for civic engagement. “We must strive every day to repay the great debt of gratitude we owe them.”

This morning, Grimes offered remarks at the opening ceremony for The Wall That Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which is on display at the South Lawn at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts. Grimes commended the memorial’s ability to bring people together in their own communities to pay respect to Vietnam Veterans and learn more about the war and the time period. The wall is open for public viewing 24 hours per day today through Sunday, April 29.

In addition, Grimes reminds voters that on May 22 they can vote in honor of a veteran. Through the Secretary of State’s program, voters may obtain a special button from their County Clerk or the Secretary of State’s office. The button can be personalized to reflect the name of the veteran in whose honor the vote is being cast; voters can also submit to the Secretary of State’s website a personal tribute to the veteran they are honoring. Grimes said, “We must never take for granted the sacrifices our veterans make and the freedoms they dedicate their lives to guaranteeing. I hope all Kentuckians will show their respect for our veterans by choosing to vote in honor of a veteran in the May 22nd Primary Election.”

For additional information on the Vote in Honor of a Veteran program, to request a button, or to leave a tribute, please visit