Owensboro-Daviess Co. Veterans Organization finds way to honor veterans amid pandemic

Owensboro-Daviess Co. Veterans Organization finds way to honor veterans amid pandemic

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Many of the traditional Memorial Day events across the Tri-State are canceled, but the Owensboro-Daviess County Veterans Organization is still finding a way to honor veterans.

The Owensboro Sports Center would usually be packed with hundreds of people to honor local veterans who have passed.

“Today is the day that we do every year on Memorial Day, we honor those veterans who have died," chairperson of the Owensboro-Daviess County Veterans Organization Pam Smith-Wright said.

Local leaders read the names of veterans who have died since Memorial Day last year. But the Veterans Organization chairperson says things had to be different this year.

“We generally have this entire parking lot full of people," Smith-Wright said.

But this Memorial Day, the ceremony was streamed via Facebook live for relatives to listen as commissioner Pam Smith-Wright and county commissioner Charlie Castlen read the names of more than 300 veterans.

“I think with what we did this year they all understand, they all knew. And at least we’re gonna put the word out that everyone knows that their sons and their daughters are not forgotten," President of the VFW Auxiliary Post 696 Jessie Hettinger said.

The only people present were the captains of the Owensboro-Daviess County Veterans Organization.

“I’m glad we had this as a scaled-down service to recognize our veterans," Commander of VFW Post 119 Sam Byrd said.

The captains of the organization say that special feeling felt in years past was still in the air.

“We were able to still honor our veterans and that’s the important thing," Smith-Wright said. “It’s not about having the big crowds and doing all of that. It’s more about wanting people to realize what this day means.”

The chairperson says they look forward to gathering as a larger group next year.

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Posted by City of Owensboro KY - Mayor's Office on Monday, May 25, 2020

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