“It’s certainly very noteworthy that we take the time to thank all the veterans for their service during peacetime and wartime,” said Humphries, who signed the proclamation during the May 1 fiscal court meeting. “We often take for granted the liberties we have. This is a good time to stop and think about those who have sacrificed so much.”
Sandy Hart of Ballard County lobbied to declare the week “Thank a Veteran Week” because of her experience in 2004, when she helped organize a trip to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. She said she had the idea in December 2002, but had no way of knowing when the monument would finally be finished or how many of the WW II veterans she knew would be alive to see it. A couple of months before the monument would be dedicated in May 2004, she received the exciting news from someone with the Disabled American Veterans.
She had started out small in 2002, collecting donations in Wickliffe and elsewhere in Ballard County to get their local veterans on the bus to Washington.
“I never thought the money wouldn’t come through, but I did wonder how many would live long enough,” Hart said.
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