GLASGOW – A retired major general is scheduled to the be keynote speaker at this year's Veterans Day Dinner, and U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie is the invited guest speaker for Monday's program that will follow the Veterans Day Parade in Glasgow.
Darrell Pickett, chairman of the Barren County Veterans Association, said the dinner catered by Gale 'n' Dale's Restaurant begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the National Guard Armory at 410 Cavalry Drive in Glasgow. Veterans eat free; for others the cost is $7.
“We haven't had a lot of donations this year,” Pickett said.
Contributions toward the dinner to support the veterans may be sent to Barren County Veterans Association, c/o Darrell Pickett, 113 Woods Drive, Glasgow KY 42141 or be made at the event.
The keynote speaker is retired Maj. Gen. Donald C. Storm, who served 37 years and six months with the U.S. Army, culminating his career as the 51st adjutant general of the commonwealth of Kentucky on Dec. 10, 2007. He enlisted in 1970 and served an extended tour in Vietnam after initial training. After his time there, he transferred to the Kentucky Army National Guard and has served full time with the Guard and and active duty since 1974.
The evening will also include music performed by the Glasgow Community Band.
On Monday, the day set aside nationally to honor veterans, Glasgow's Veterans Day Parade will begin at 1 p.m.
Participants will assemble in front of Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. along South Broadway Street, and the parade will proceed north on Broadway, turning left onto East Main Street and heading west across the Public Square before turning left again to head up South Race Street – the west side of the square – and disband immediately past Beula C. Nunn Park, which is home to the Glasgow-Barren County Veterans Wall of Honor, Pickett said.
Marching bands from Barren County and Glasgow high schools were expected to be among those in the parade, he said.
Shortly after the parade ends, at roughly 1:30 p.m., a program that includes Guthrie's comments will commence at the park.
Pickett said it would be wonderful if this parade got the turnout the local Christmas parade does, but he recognizes that it's still a work day and/or a school day for most.
The reason for these events, he said, is to support our veterans.
“We live in a free country because of veterans past who have fought the wars to keep us free,” Pickett said. “It is simply in honor of our veterans. That's what Veterans Day is all about.”
Multiple schools in the area typically have programs planned to honor local veterans, this year including Caverna Elementary School at 8 a.m. Friday, Glasgow High School at 9 a.m. Friday, and Barren County High School at 10 a.m. Monday. South Green Elementary School and Glasgow Middle School have theirs set for 8:30 a.m. Monday and Highland Elementary's is at 9 a.m. Tuesday.