WURTLAND, Ky. — The annual Medal of Honor Day Ceremony was held on Friday, March 25 at the Wurtland Volunteer Fire Dept. Ernie West, honoree and veteran was present for the festivities.
Tom Clay, Medal of Honor Day committee member, said this year’s ceremony made for a spectacular time.
“We had a wonderful time, and a great number of people came out to the ceremony,” Clay said. “We have Ernie West who is our resident here in Greenup County who has a Medal of Honor, and he was there at the ceremony. He (West) saved his platoon basically, and we are one of the lucky few counties in the United States that not only has one, but two Medal of Honor recipients. John Collier was killed in action, and he did not make it home from Korea and we honor him as well. We do this every year.”
Five hundred dollars will be allocated toward a scholarship for three high schools in Greenup County.
“What we did this year, because we have a scholarship fund for students from Greenup County High School, Raceland High School, and Russell High School obtain a $500 scholarship from the Medal of Honor Scholarship,” he said. “We did a calendar this year. We had area art students from Greenup, Raceland, and Russell draw some art, and we put it all on a calendar for 12 months and we are selling the calendar for $20.”
He said they still have a few calendars left, and may be purchased at the Greenup County Public Library in downtown Greenup, Ky.
“Beginning Monday, a person can walk into the Greenup County Library in downtown Greenup and pick up a calendar for $20, and all of the money goes strictly to the scholarship fund for Greenup, Russell, and Raceland,” he said.
The students whose artwork is featured in the calendar were each presented with a calendar. Daria Franklin, of Russell High School was awarded Best of Show, and was given $100 in addition to a calendar.
“I had the students from the area schools there as well whose artwork was selected to go on the calendar, so we wanted to present them with a calendar,” he said. “And then we took one which was the Best of Show, and her name was Daria Franklin from Russell High School, I believe she is a sophomore, and when her artwork went on the cover of the calendar, she received $100 award for the Best of Show. It was just a great day to honor Mr. West and all veterans,” he said.
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