Veterans Day

Henderson County Schools

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, this year’s Veteran’s Day offerings by Henderson County Schools will be within necessary health and safety protocols.

That includes the district’s continuing mask mandate and virtual presentations on social media like Facebook and YouTube. 

School district spokesperson Megan Mortis said each school created its own program to recognize the service of military veterans. 

“We have different vocal performances. Some students are doing choir performances,” she said.

The high school will recognize those who have served our country with a special program produced by journalism students.

Mortis said the stories of veterans will be explored during a program that includes the name of the district mascot, the Colonels. 

Jeff Young | Ohio Valley ReSource

On Monday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear delivered his daily briefing on coronavirus, which is surging across the Ohio Valley. Eleven more Kentuckians had died that day. Then the governor provided an update on an especially worrisome outbreak at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center near Lexington, one of four long-term care facilities dedicated to veterans in the state. Since the virus hit the facility in October, he said, 22 veterans have died there.

Beshear said Thomson-Hood staff managed to keep the virus at bay for almost seven months, but community spread has made it almost impossible to prevent the virus from getting into long-term care facilities. 


Becca Schimmel

Western Kentucky University held its annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday morning, and unveiled a new panel of granite etchings to be added to the Guthrie Bell Bell Tower in the middle of campus.

The tower, which was dedicated in 2002, contains etchings that depict WKU alumni who served in the military.

Bowling Green resident Chip Hightower came to see the unveiling of the new panel which includes an etching of his father, Ret. Army Lt. Col. and Vietnam War veteran Ken Hightower.