NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) — More than 2,000 people are expected to gather at Camp Nelson for its annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The theme this year is “Honoring Medal of Honor Recipients.”
There are 70 Kentuckians awarded a Medal of Honor. It is the highest and more prestigious honor awarded by Congress for acts of valor. One recipient, Private William M. Harris is buried at Camp Nelson Cemetery. He received a Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism during the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana on June 25th, 1876. Private Harris brought water to the wounded while under enemy fire.
Monday’s ceremony is dedicated to him and the other recipients.
“Lots of veterans are buried in private cemeteries. I hope folks visit those veterans and pay homage to them,” said Paul Proffitt, retired Army Colonel. “But more importantly, Memorial Day helps reunite the community.”
During the ceremony, the newest aircraft in the U.S. Air Force will fly over Camp Nelson. It is a C-130J from the 123rd Airlift Wing of the Kentucky Air Guard commanded by COL Jerry B. Bancroft.
The ceremony will also have patriotic music by professional singers and the Lexington Salvation Army Band. Bugle calls for Assembly and Taps, a POW/MIA table, a cannon salute, and a rifle volley will also take place.
There will also be a dedicated ceremonial wreath laying for Private Harris.
The ceremony begins at 11 a.m., but you’re encouraged to arrive by 10 a.m. to avoid traffic. Once the cemetery parking lot fills, you can park at the Heritage National Monument. A shuttle with take you closer. Volunteers and golf carts will be on hand to assist attendees with mobility issues.