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Gov. Matt Bevin, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Sec. of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today welcomed the Fastrax parachute team and spoke at a ceremony honoring the 2016 Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame (KVHOF) inductees at the State Capitol.

“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 to the veterans. “This matters. America matters. The sacrifice of the 1.5 million veterans who have given their lives to preserve the freedom and liberty of Americans — that matters. Thank you.”

As a member of the KVHOF class of 2015, I can relate to how special this day feels for the new inductees

The Fastrax parachute team landed on the front lawn of the State Capitol carrying an 11,000 square foot American flag, a Purple Heart flag of 8,000 square feet and Gold Star Mothers flag of over 8,000 square feet. The team jumped with these flags in honor of the 2016 class for the KVHOF.

Immediately following the landing, twenty-four veterans, from a variety of military branches and tours of duty, were honored and recognized at a ceremony in the Rotunda as inductees to the 2016 class of the KVHOF. Two of the inductees were inducted posthumously. The induction ceremony included a presentation of the colors, pledge of allegiance, song of remembrance and an official recognition for KVHOF class of 2016.

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton was inducted as a member of the KVHOF in 2015.

“As a member of the KVHOF class of 2015, I can relate to how special this day feels for the new inductees,” said Hampton. “It was a tremendous honor to nominate a fellow female veteran for the KVHOF class of 2016.”

“As Sec. 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 Sec. 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. I am proud to help sustain the hall of fame and to continue to honor these individuals’ commitment to Kentucky and our country.”

The official 2016 KVHOF induction event will be held on September 16-17, at the Frankfort Convention Center, Frankfort, KY. Additional information can be found at http://www.kyveterans.org/.

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