Today’s KET: Honoring Those Who Served

This month we feature programs about U.S. military service

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Shae Hopkins | KET imageThis month, as Memorial Day approaches, we are featuring programs that explore the many facets of U.S. military service and combat, from remembering the epic WWII D-Day operation on its 70th anniversary to delving into some of the most difficult questions facing veterans returning from war today.

The popular National Memorial Day Concert, presenting its 25th anniversary broadcast this year, is sure to provide another wonderfully uplifting mix of tribute and performance.

I’m proud that KET offers these programs because they honor the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women in uniform who, along with their families, have given so much for our country.

Like many of you, I have a family history rich in military service. We still have my father’s Marine Corps uniform, and we’re proud of my uncle’s service in Vietnam. Stories of my grandfather fighting in WWII at the Battle of the Bulge, as well as of my great aunt, who was one of the first women to enlist in the WAVES, will always fill me with gratitude.

I’m similarly touched by remarkable stories like that of Robert Williams, featured again in the May 2014 issue of Visions from his interview in the 2007 KET documentary Kentucky WWII Veterans: In Their Own Words. These are only a handful of the countless acts of service to our country and stories of heroism and valor that deserve to be shared and never forgotten.

So join us in remembering all those who have served, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and sharing our appreciation for the many courageous men and women who continue to serve our country.

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