Memorial Day 2019

As we look forward to cookouts, shopping, and celebrations this Memorial Day weekend, it is imperative to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. They are the brave men and women who fought and died while protecting our freedom, a privilege we take advantage of here in the United States. These American heroes deserve our upmost honor and respect. Collectively, I ask that we pay tribute and reflect on the true meaning of our 3-day weekend.

Formerly known as Decoration Day, the last Monday in May is a time to memorialize fallen military service members. This solemn day of remembrance is often felt most deeply among those who have personally had a loved one die in service to our nation.

I encourage you to join in a nationwide commemoration this Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance.” I ask all Kentuckians to pause for a moment of silence at 3 p.m. local time on Monday, May 27.

While we remember those who served this Memorial Day weekend, I also encourage you to be proactive in your communities. Whether by volunteering for a local veteran-oriented charity or attending weekend festivities, utilize this opportunity to positively affect the lives of military families and their loved ones.

Families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty are known as “Gold Star Families.” In Kentucky, we have the “Gold Star License Plate” for family members looking to honor their beloved ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  If you or a family member are interested in obtaining one of these special license plates, please do not hesitate to contact the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. You can call them at 502-564-9203 or visit their website at

During the 2019 Regular Session of the General Assembly, the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee worked diligently to implement better public policy for Kentucky’s servicemen and servicewomen. As your state senator, I will continue to offer my support for legislation and programs serving military families.

It is an honor to serve you in Frankfort and I wish you and your family a safe and blessed Memorial Day weekend.

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