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Owensboro immortalizes three Daviess Co. vets with new monument


Owensboro held a Veterans Celebration Saturday with a downtown parade and a public ceremony, and the event ended with the unveiling of a new monument.

Saturday's festivities in Owensboro concluded at Frederica and west Second Street, for the unveiling of a monument, honoring three medal of honor winners from Daviess County.

The ceremony was organized by David Smith of Owensboro, who says the three honored men are John Given, Thomas Cruse, and David 'Paulie' Nash, all of whom are Daviess County natives.

Given and Cruse were killed in action during skirmishes with Native Americans, and Nash was killed in action in Vietnam.

Family members of Nash and Cruse were on hand for the unveiling, and many of them say Saturday was emotional for them, but that they are very appreciative of the community's effort to immortalize these three American soldiers.

"I think it was really thoughtful for everybody to be here. But it's hard to take sometimes. You know, we're a big family and a close-knit family too. So, this means a lot to us and we're thankful for it," said Stella and Leon Nash, the mother and brother of David 'Paulie' Nash.

David Smith says Saturday's unveiling and ceremony was the result of about a year's worth of work between Smith and the County Judge's Office.

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