Harrodsburg locals prepare to honor fallen veterans

Kentucky National Guard
Story by Sgt. Paul Evans

Date: 07.19.2013
Posted: 07.19.2013 21:36
News ID: 110535
Harrodsburg prepares to honor fallen Veterans in a big way

HARRODSBURG, Ky. - With the sun shining down in Harrodsburg, Ky., July 13, 2013, soldiers from Harrodsburg’s Headquarters Company, 103rd Brigade Support Battalion and Danville’s A Company, 103rd worked in tandem unloading three large 105 mm howitzer cannons with great care. <br /> <br /> Among those working, a quiet chatter amongst the troops spoke in excitement for the cannons’ purpose.<br /> <br /> These artillery pieces, provided by Lexington's 138th Fires Brigade, will serve to honor fallen veterans when the American Veterans’ Traveling Tribute Wall comes to Harrodsburg’s Anderson-Dean Park from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2, 2013, concluding with a 21-gun salute on the wall’s last day in town.<br /> <br /> For Danville, Ky., resident Sgt. Richard Walls, the wall’s presence in Harrodsburg takes on special meaning.<br /> <br /> “The support this town shows for the military is unbelievable. It’s going to be a big time morale booster,” Walls speculated. “For me, the true meaning of the wall is to show that we don’t forget our fallen. This offers a chance for those who can’t make it to Washington to pay tribute.”<br /> <br /> In addition to the cannons being on display with traveling wall and other planned tributes, local soldiers will provide an honorary guard for the wall during its three-day stay in Harrodsburg.<br /> <br /> “Soldiers guarding the wall represents the military more than just having civilians in black T-shirts that say ‘security’ on them,” Walls explained. “It shows that we don’t forget.”<br /> <br /> For more information on the traveling wall and its stay in Harrodsburg, please call (859)734-0218, (877)734-0127, or visit the American Veterans’ Traveling Tribute website at http://www.cost-freedom.org.