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Monday is the day set aside each year to honor those who served their country. And this year, Taylor Countians will do that in style.
Events to honor veterans will begin Saturday with a ceremony to mark the opening of a memorabilia exhibit at Edwards-O'Banion American Legion Post 82.
Greg Collins, legion second vice commander and a veteran, said the local post is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year and, the members want to do something special.
The legion will host "A Reflection on Heroes from Past Wars," which began as a display of a few pieces of war memorabilia and has spread to cover tables upon tables with artifacts.
Saturday's ceremony, which will begin on legion grounds at 10:30 a.m., includes remarks from several local dignitaries and the first viewing of the artifacts. The Marion County Honor Guard will attend.
The exhibit will be open until 6 p.m. on Saturday and then on Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some of the memorabilia, according to legion auxiliary member Linda Collins, is rare and irreplaceable. She says that's why people are asked to look at, but not touch, the items.
Local events to honor veterans will continue Monday with the community's annual ceremony at the Taylor County War Memorial. Events begin at 2 p.m. and Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers, State Rep. John "Bam" Carney, R-Campbellsville and veteran Billy Ray Perkins will speak. Campbellsville Middle School choir will perform. Other law enforcement and military personnel will attend.
The exhibit and ceremonies on Saturday and Monday are free and open to the public.
At Saturday's ceremony, Greg Collins said, the state's history trailer will also be at the legion and available for the public to tour.
Mr. Collins said the memorabilia display began with some legion members wanting to display their war artifacts. From there, he said, it grew to people wanting to show their husband's and father's items.
"I think we're going to fill up the whole American Legion hall with stuff," he said. "This is free. It's open to anybody to come and see."
One such item, he said, is a canon that will be used during Saturday's ceremony.
On Tuesday, Linda Collins said she and co-organizer Brenda Philpott, who is also a member of the legion auxiliary, have been working to set up the display for some time. And it's been hard work.
"But it's going to be wonderful," she said. "For years, I have wanted to bring everybody's war items, military items together."
Mrs. Collins said items on display will include rare artifacts used during several wars, including items as old as World War I uniforms.
"Everything in the building is irreplaceable," she said.
In addition to the exhibit, Mrs. Collins said, the legion is hosting a food drive to collect nonperishable food items to donate to local veterans.
Mrs. Collins said those who have come to the legion and seen some of the items that will be on display have been very impressed.
"We want the public to come," she said. "We want everyone to come enjoy it.
"As far as I know, nothing like this has been done before in Taylor County."