The next Kentucky Life, hosted by Dave Shuffett, salutes Kentucky’s veterans with features on the Camp Nelson Honor Guard of Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County, a West Liberty monument that honors women in military service, the Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green, and Sergeant Reckless, the heroic horse who aided Marines during the Korean War. The program airs Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8/7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 4/3 p.m. on KET.
Jessamine County's Camp Nelson Cemetery was created in 1863, and today thousands of veterans are buried there. The Camp Nelson Honor Guard, created in 2001, provides a 21-gun salute and the folded flag, a horse and caisson, a riderless horse, and a cannon salute for all active-duty personnel and veterans. Providing these honors for deceased veterans makes Camp Nelson stand out among national cemeteries, as only Arlington and Sam Houston in Texas offer the same honors. Using rescued horses and wearing period Civil War-style uniforms, the Honor Guard is an integral part of approximately 300 funeral services annually.
Across the country, thousands of monuments and statues honor America’s veterans, but fewer than 10 are dedicated solely to the women who have served. Kentucky Life explores a project by the Morgan County Woman’s Club that resulted in the creation of a bronze sculpture that stands at the center of West Liberty’s Tredway Memorial Park. The sculpture depicts three service women who represent the roles of women in the military in the past, present and future.
Next, Shuffett travels to Bowling Green to tour Aviation Heritage Park, a memorial to aviators who have called south central Kentucky home. Shuffett’s tour guide is Bowling Green native Dan Cherry, retired brigadier general of the United States Air Force, who flew 295 combat missions and also commanded the Air Force Thunderbirds. The park is an ongoing project, displaying historical aircraft and celebrating achievements of the aviators.
Kentucky Life also learns about Sergeant Reckless, a tiny chestnut mare who began her military career as a simple pack horse and ended with multiple awards, including two Purple Hearts and the rank of staff sergeant in the Marines. In this excerpt from the upcoming KET documentary In Their Own Words: Kentucky Veterans of the Korean War, Paul Hammersley, a Korean War veteran from Bowling Green, talks about his experience serving with the horse.
Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers are Paul Smith, John Schroering, Matt Grimm and Tom Bickel. More information about Kentucky Life, including streaming video, is available at KET.org/kentuckylife.
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