Paducah, KY – Ceremonies this week are honoring United States soldiers from theaters of war throughout history. Over the weekend, parades in Madisonville, Hopkinsville, and Clarksville, Tennessee highlighted those who served and those who are serving. Buddy Smith is a Korean War veteran and interim chairman of the committee that plans the Paducah Veteran's Parade. He hopes the memorials will help inspire patriotism in the younger generations.
"This freedom, thing we call freedom is not free. It comes with a price and it's the sacrifices of the men and women of our armed forces, no matter what war or whether they're still serving today."
Smith says recent veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as older ones, will be among those marching tomorrow in the Paducah parade. The event begins at 10:30 AM. Murray will also hold a veteran's parade. The ceremony begins at 2 PM with the parade at 3:45.