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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday that the organization's third class of inductees will be inducted next month in Frankfort.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes joined the organization's directors, state officials, and the inductees for the announcement in the Capitol Rotunda.
"As Secretary of State and an advocate for our active-duty military and veterans, I have worked with the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame since its inception two years ago," said Grimes. "These men and women represent the best of Kentucky, and have demonstrated selfless service and sacrifice not only in combat, but in their communities and in our Commonwealth."
Gov. Matt Bevin, who served for four years after graduating from college, was also in attendance.
"As a fellow veteran myself, and on behalf of Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, a previous inductee of this Hall of Fame, I want to say we are grateful for the service you have provided — not only to the Commonwealth, but to this great nation as well,” Gov. Bevin said.
The Hall of Fame will induct 24 men and women from across Kentucky during an induction weekend, Sept. 16-17, in Frankfort.
The class represents all branches of the U.S. military and nearly a dozen different conflicts. Army Maj. Carl Dodd, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient from Harlan, will be inducted posthumously.
"We are very grateful for our veterans and what they have done. This is one way we can show our appreciation to them," said H.B. Deatherage, founder and president of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame. "Our organization exists to honor the sacrifice of these men and women who devote their lives to community and country."