KY National Guard Memorial guests enjoy KY Proud Feast
By Ted Slaon

Posted on May 25, 2015 9:25 PM

Guests at the unveiling of the Kentucky National Guard Memorial on Memorial Day were treated to a luncheon of Kentucky Proud products prior to the ceremony at the Boone National Guard Center.

"We are honored and humbled that Kentucky Proud could play a small role in this solemn occasion," Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a statement. "Kentucky's heritage of military service and agricultural achievement go hand in hand. Thanks to the Kentucky National Guard for allowing Kentucky food producers to be a part of this special day."

The luncheon honored survivors of Kentucky National Guard soldiers and airmen who fell in the line of duty. Participating Kentucky Proud and Homegrown By Heroes vendors included Brooks Meats of Boone County, Bush Farms of Boyle County, Chelsea Farms of Shelby County, Crank and Boom Ice Cream of Fayette County, Elmwood Farms of Scott County, Evermore Farm of Fayette County, Kight's Pecans of McCracken County, and Weisenberger Mill of Woodford County. The meal was prepared by celebrity chef, lifestyle coach, and author Kate Horning of Lexington with members of the 123rd Airlift Wing of the Kentucky Air National Guard.

The Kentucky National Guard Memorial was built to remember the hundreds of soldiers and airmen who perished since 1912, when Kentucky adopted federal legislation that established the modern National Guard.

 "A good many survivors [in the audience] have a loved one that this memorial is being dedicated to here today," Kentucky Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini told an overflow crowd at the ceremony to dedicate the monument. "We didn't do this just for our fallen Guardsmen and women. We did it also for their families and loved ones. And we did it for future generations of Guard soldiers and airmen. Now those who follow in step after us will better appreciate what it means to be a member of the National Guard."

The memorial features a larger-than-life bronze sculpture of Daniel Boone sculpted by Wyatt L. Gragg of Prospect and a 22-foot-wide granite stone in the shape of Kentucky bearing the names of Kentucky National Guard service men and women who have died in the line of duty. Smock Fansler Corp. of Indianapolis is the general contractor. Other contractors include Bender Associates Architects of Lexington and Muldoon Memorials of Louisville.

The shrine was built with private funds.

For more information about the Kentucky National Guard Memorial, and to learn how you can contribute to the Memorial Fund, go to

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