Volunteers at a 220-acre nature reserve in LaRue County created an event to show their appreciation for the veterans.
Veterans and Wounded Warriors Appreciation Day will be held Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the LaRue County Environmental Center at 635 Leafdale Road in Hodgenville.
Oscar McGuffey, who manages the reserve volunteers, said he hopes this ends up being an annual event.
Food will be provided free of charge to veterans and their families and will be provided by members of the community. He said there would be enough food for about 150 people.
McGuffey said attendees will bring photos of their deceased loved ones who served in the military and they will be placed inside the education center. He said he would like the event to be a teaching moment as well.
“We tell people to bring their kids and try to explain to them what it is,” he said.
The event will see members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars singing the national anthem. Additionally, McGuffey said a 28-year-old local veteran who has toured the Middle East three times will read the names of the region’s veterans who have died.
State Senator Adrienne Southworth, R-Lawrenceburg, will also speak at the event.
McGuffey said he and the volunteers wanted to host an event to support veterans spiritually and emotionally, and let people care about them.