11-11-11 Initiative Honors Veterans

May 31, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN – While honoring Kentucky veterans Monday at a Memorial Day ceremony in Grant County, Gov. Steve Beshear announced the 11-11-11 initiative, an event to honor the state's loyal and brave men and women. Veterans’ Day is Nov. 11, 2011– or 11-11-11. and 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,” Beshear said in a press release issued by his office. “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:

-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.