On Wednesday, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes greeted and helped honor the inaugural class of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame. The organization inducted 27 veterans into the hall of fame in a ceremony in Frankfort.

“As Secretary of State, I have been a committed advocate for our military - both active-duty members and veterans,” said Grimes. “Today, I was proud to present these distinguished inductees their Hall of Fame medallions as we recognized them for their accomplishments both on and beyond the battlefield.”

The inaugural class represents service in five foreign conflicts and over 200 years of combined military service. Seven of the veterans earned Purple Heart medals. Four men inducted have been awarded Medals of Honor.

During her remarks, Grimes presented to Judy Deatherage on behalf of H.B. Deatherage, founder and director of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame, a medallion award from the National Association of Secretaries of State for H.B.’s long-term dedication to recognizing veterans across Kentucky and establishing Kentucky’s hall of fame.

“I was deeply humbled by Secretary Grimes’ honor,” said Deatherage. “The Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame is proud to have her support, and we were glad to have her help honor these veterans today.”

For more information about the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame, visit www.kyveterans.org.

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