Ad Spot

Appreciate freedom this Memorial Day

Last Memorial Day, we were all experiencing an absence of normality due to COVID-19. At that time, we realized that we take many aspects of our lives for granted and that we might have a genuine appreciation for these things until they are no longer available. We could not gather with loved ones, worship with our congregations, or spend time with dear friends as we usually would. Even the little things, such as enjoying a meal at our favorite local restaurant, were put on pause. We are now emerging from the pandemic with a greater sense of appreciation for our precious liberties.

To properly honor the sacrifices of brave service members this Memorial Day, we should enjoy our freedoms with a heart of gratitude, never again taking for granted all of which we are blessed. We are fortunate to live as citizens of both the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky and owe our respects to those who laid down everything they have to preserve our great nation and strengthen it.

Memorial Day was established to honor those who perished in the Civil War, which claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history. In the late 1860s, Americans began holding springtime tributes to fallen soldiers, decorating graves, and praying together. These are traditions that remain with us today. Originally known as “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971. In May 2000, a “National Moment of Remembrance” was established as an opportunity for citizens to join together and memorialize the brave servicemen and women. They have lost their lives in the line of duty. This Memorial Day at 3 p.m. local time, citizens across the United States are encouraged to pause for a moment of silence to honor our fallen heroes. We also remember the families of these heroes. Families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty are known as “Gold Star Families” as they continue to preserve the memories of their loved ones.

In memory of our fallen heroes, let us appreciate the blessings of freedom like never before. President John F. Kennedy once said:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

It is my honor to serve as your State Senator. I wish you and your family a safe and blessed Memorial Day weekend.

Senator Tom Buford (R-Nicholasville) represents Kentucky’s 22nd Senate District including Fayette (part), Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer, and Washington Counties. He serves as a member of the Interim Joint Committees on Appropriations and Revenue; Banking and Insurance; and Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations.

News

Jessamine County Library Calendar

News

Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with “Not A Beach Party”

News

American Idol contestant Courtney Arnold coming to Rock Fence Park Saturday

News

Civil War veteran’s gravestone dedicated

News

Cases dealing with executive order powers on docket of Ky. high court

News

Sheriff’s office discovers large amount of cash, drugs

News

End of Beshear’s Covid-19 briefings will signal the turning of a page and moving on

News

Beshear starts incentives to get people vaccinated Includes 15 scholarships for students, three $1 million drawings

News

Wilmore Elementary names new head principal

News

Camp Nelson visitor center to reopen June 16

News

Senior centers get OK to reopen June 11

News

Vaccine milestone: 2 million Kentuckians have had at least one dose

Jessamine County

Coming down safely – Aviation company now onto creating safety systems for vertical landings

News

Board considers sites for judicial center

Jessamine County

Dump truck driver dies in accident

Jessamine County

Cruisin’ – Coaster Car Derby draws hundreds

Jessamine County

‘American Idol’ star to give concert at homeless shelter

Jessamine County

JCPL names Sara King assistant director

Jessamine County

Police, fire reports

Jessamine County

Library calendar

COVID-19

Most COVID restrictions to end June 11

Jessamine County

Jessamine County celebrates National EMS Week

Education

Wilmore woman overcomes obstacles to pursue career focused on social justice in education

News

Beshear pushing vaccines for younger Kentuckians