Freedom Celebrates Freedom

By: Stuart Peck
By: Stuart Peck

If you drive about 13 miles south of Glasgow, Ky., on Old Kentucky Highway 63, you'll find the community of Freedom. The folks in Freedom aren't really sure about its population but they pinpoint it somewhere between 25 and 30 people. Don't let the population fool you though, Freedom might be small on size, but its large on patriotism.

Veterans from several different wars came out Saturday to show support for their fallen comrades by laying bricks and talking to family and friends of other vets. Harold Strode said every year the ceremonies are just as special as the year before.

"The ceremonies that they have really shows respect for those who give the ultimate sacrifice so we can have the freedom we've got today."

Leslie Dean was with the military police in World War II, he said if it wasn't for the brave men and women over seas Americans may not have all the freedoms we do.

"I think anytime you can honor the veterans that means you've done something great. I enjoy it, i get a lift out of it. If it wasn't for the veterans we wouldn't be here today," Dean said.

For most veterans serving in battle and then returning home creates a bond.

"World War II to the global war on terrorism, you've all been in the same shoes, been down the same path and it makes you close, closer than brothers ever gonna be," Dean said.

Saturday's ceremony in Freedom was held at the Walter Davis Freedom Center. Bricks were laid in remembrance of three soldiers killed in the Iraq war and one missing in action in the Philippians.
The ceremony also featured a 21 gun salute and a flyover.


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