Legion Memorial Park a reminder of sacrifice


Honoring those who fought, lost and won our freedom

By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Photo by Chris Cooper Several markers in the Legion Memorial Park remember those who died for our freedoms in past wars.


Photo by Chris Cooper Hundreds of Logan County men lost their lives in WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Iraq War.


Photo by Chris Cooper An old World War tank sits in the Legion Memorial Park as a reminder of service to our country.


Troops from Ft. Campbell’s 159th Aviation Battalion participated in the dedication of the American Legion Memorial Park on U.S. 68 West in 1985. Following the placement of a wreath at the memorial site, other members of the battalion fired a 21-gun salute. Photo by Leslie Page.


As we approach Nov. 11, we are reminded of all those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces protecting our freedoms everyday while we are working and enjoying our lives. Hundreds of thousands of men and women have chosen to take watch over America, and to risk their own lives in battles and conflicts because they love their country and want to preserve freedom.

Veteran’s Day is an official United States federal holiday that is observed annually on November 11, honoring people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who gave their lives and those who perished while in service. However, remembering the veteran at anytime past or present is a form of thanks we all should give.

So man young Americans have lost their lives fighting in wars to help protect our way of life. So many have died from Logan County so we can live in the comfort of a free nation. So many are still serving to continue what those who have died for cared most about… their country and our freedom.

During Veterans Day we should all take the time to reflect on how our lives would be if it were not for the brave men and women who now give of their lives, and those who gave of their’s in the past. One place you can do this in Logan County is the Legion Memroial Park.

The American Legion in Logan County has been a steadfast support system to those Logan Countians who serve and have served our country. There have been several posts in different areas in the county, and all stand beside the veteran no matter where they originated from.

Logan County has a Memorial Park located on Hopkinsville Road dedicated to the veteran, which is a quite and peaceful place one can reflect upon the solider’s sacrifice.

On Thursday Nov. 11, 1985, the American Legion Post 29 held a dedication of the American Legion Memorial Park at the entrance of the post home on Hopkinsville Road at 2 p.m. The park then was designed to honor the servicemen from Logan County during World War I, World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts. Now, the park also commemorates the war in Iraq as well.

The Memorial Park holds memorabilia such as a tank, a ships gun, an anchor and the names of those in Logan County who have died in a war. There is a dedication plaque that tells the names of those who made the park a reality as well.

The American Legion Post 29 began the drive to built the park in the early 1980s. It was thanks to Logan County and its cities for their financial contributions, as well as the private citizen that made the $27,000 project a reality.

On this up-and-coming Veteran’s Day, you can take the opportunity to visit the park and say a thanks to those who serve in our Armed Forces. While there you can also pay homage to those who have lost their lives doing what so many serving are doing now… protecting freedom and our way of life.

Photo by Chris Cooper Several markers in the Legion Memorial Park remember those who died for our freedoms in past wars.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_DSC_0078.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Several markers in the Legion Memorial Park remember those who died for our freedoms in past wars.

Photo by Chris Cooper Hundreds of Logan County men lost their lives in WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Iraq War.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_DSC_0080.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Hundreds of Logan County men lost their lives in WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Iraq War.

Photo by Chris Cooper An old World War tank sits in the Legion Memorial Park as a reminder of service to our country.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_DSC_0077.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper An old World War tank sits in the Legion Memorial Park as a reminder of service to our country.

Troops from Ft. Campbell’s 159th Aviation Battalion participated in the dedication of the American Legion Memorial Park on U.S. 68 West in 1985. Following the placement of a wreath at the memorial site, other members of the battalion fired a 21-gun salute. Photo by Leslie Page.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_11222913_10208101897725695_6793174225825743980_n-1.jpgTroops from Ft. Campbell’s 159th Aviation Battalion participated in the dedication of the American Legion Memorial Park on U.S. 68 West in 1985. Following the placement of a wreath at the memorial site, other members of the battalion fired a 21-gun salute. Photo by Leslie Page.

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Honoring those who fought, lost and won our freedom

By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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