Grayson County will honor its citizens who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces with its annual Memorial Day Ceremony next Saturday, May 24.
The ceremony, sponsored by Grayson County Fiscal Court, will begin at 10 a.m. with the commemorative tolling of the bells and a procession from Leitchfield Fire Station #2 to the Centre on Main, located at 425 South Main Street.
Upon arrival at the Centre on Main, featured guest speaker Alvin “Al” Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, will provide the keynote address.
Cross, who is also director and assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications, is a former editor of The Leitchfield Gazette and The Grayson County News-Gazette, and holds a share of the Pulitzer Prize won by The Courier-Journal staff in 1989.
Cross worked as a reporter at The Courier-Journal for more than 26 years, the last 15-and-a-half of which he worked as the Louisville newspaper’s chief political writer.
Cross was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2010 and is also the longest-running panelest on KET’s weekly “Comment on Kentucky.”
In addition to Cross, the Grayson County High School Choir and Orchestra, as well as the Lawler Elementary and H.W. Wilkey Elementery Choruses will provide entertainment.
Platform guests will be recognized during the ceremony, as well. They are Marvin Heady, a Korean War and Vietnam War veteran; Joiner Lancaster, a World War II veteran; J.T. Armstrong, a Korean War veteran; Dudley VanMeter, a Korean War veteran; and Elbert “Boots” Beamer, a Korean War veteran.
Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason will provide the roll call of deceased veterans, and Grayson County Judge-Executive Gary Logsdon will provide the welcome and food during the event.
“We want everybody to come out and participate,” said Ceremony Planning Committee Chair and Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson about the event.