Governor Beshear announces 11-11-11 initiative

Source: Dept. of Defense
Source: Dept. of Defense

WILLIAMSTOWN, KY (WFIE) -  While honoring Kentucky veterans today at a Memorial Day ceremony in Grant County, Governor Steve Beshear announced the 11-11-11 initiative, an event to honor the Commonwealth's loyal and brave men and women.

Veterans' Day is Nov. 11, 2011 – or 11-11-11. Gov. Beshear and his administration plan to highlight and honor Kentucky's veterans and active duty service members over the next five months, beginning with Memorial Day and capping off with a celebration on Veterans' Day.

"As governor of this state and a former member of the U.S. Army Reserve, I am awed by the courage, dedication and sacrifice of our veterans and men and women in uniform, just as every Kentuckian should be," Gov. Beshear said. "I cannot think of a more fitting and proper way to honor our veterans than with this initiative to highlight their courageous service at all levels."

The 11-11-11 initiative will include the following:

  • Establishment of an honorary committee to assist with coordination of a Capitol event on Veterans' Day, November 11, 2011
  • An art contest with Kentucky schools to honor our military and veterans
  • Promoting volunteer opportunities to assist military families
  • Working with Kentucky's business community to find opportunities honor veterans and military members.
  • Participation by the Governor and his administration in events throughout the year to honor the military and veterans

Additional events will be announced in the coming months.

The Governor's Office and the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs have shown their support over the last three years by helping soldiers, veterans and their families deal with financial hardships, overcome logistical nightmares and gain deserving recognition.

Gov. Beshear has also signed an array of legislation and has supported a number of initiatives to support servicemen and women, their families and veterans.

These include exempting active duty military personnel from paying Kentucky income tax, giving veterans preference in state hiring, giving disabled veterans and Wounded Warriors free accommodations at state parks, expanding use of the Military Family Assistance Trust Fund, opening two new state-run veterans' cemeteries and creating the Kentucky Medal for Freedom to honor soldiers killed since 1991 on active duty.

"We can never repay the huge debt we owe our veterans or fully express our appreciation to them," Gov. Beshear said. "Our 11-11-11 initiative is a small effort to show our continued appreciation for their service.  I hope all Kentuckians will join me."