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May 26, 1945: Adair Honor Roll Board Dedication

By Mike Watson

The following article from the May 30, 1945, edition of the Adair County News reported on the dedication of the Adair County Honor Roll Board:

On Saturday afternoon the Honor Roll of Adair County men and women of World War II was dedicated with appropriate services. The North and West sides of the Square were cleared for the large crowd which had assembled to do the honor to the more than 1,300 Adair Countians whose names appear on the Board. A platform was erected on the Court House lawn for the speakers and the flower-covered glass-enclosed Honor Board, which is to be permanently affixed to the wall of the Court House hall, was prominently displayed.

After a parade by the Louisville Boy Scout Band, Rev. L.R. Fugit, pastor of the Columbia Christian Church, and Master of Ceremonies, introduced Rev. R.E. Reeves, pastor of the Columbia Presbyterian Church, who offered the invocation.

Brief remarks thanking all who had assisted in making the occasion possible and explaining the purpose and manner of purchase of the Board were made by L.R. Fugit and W.E. Harris, who had served with Mrs. G.R. Reed, Mrs. J.P. Scruggs, and Mrs. Rollin Cundiff as an Honor Board committee. An offering to complete a deficit in payment for the Board was then taken by the Local Scout Troops.

Azro Hadley, now serving on the Tax Commission in Frankfort, was introduced. After brief and timely remarks he presented the special guests, The Honorable Kenneth Tuggle, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, Mrs. Kenneth Tuggle, Master Kenneth Tuggle, Jr., Mr. H.K. Spear, Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky, The Regional Scout Director, and a number of local service men who are home on furlough. Mrs. J.P. Scruggs and Mrs. G.R. Reed were presented and recognized for their untiring work in placing the names on the Board.

Lt. Governor Tuggle, in a masterful, faultlessly delivered address, extolled the sacrifices and achievements of Kentuckians during the wars which have engulfed our nation. With the immortal words of O'Hara's "Bivouac of the Dead," he paid tribute to those who have given their all during this war. [Lt.] Governor Tuggle closed his address with a plea for unity in the trying days which lay ahead and a fervent prayer that America, in concert with other nations, may work out a lasting peace.

Thomas Nankivell, of the Navy, and Sanford Green, of the Army, then cut the ribbons holding the curtain of red, white and blue flowers and unveiled the Honor Board. A.S. Allison, clerk of the Adair County Draft Board, next called the roll of the forty Adair County men who have made the supreme sacrifice in the service of their country during the present struggle. Amid a hushed, uncovered assembly "Taps" were sounded by Louisville Boy Scouts. Rev. V.P. Henry, president of Lindsey Wilson Junior College, and State Chaplain of American Legion, offered a beautiful "Prayer of Dedication," after which the audience was dismissed by a benediction pronounced by Rev. H.J. Conover, pastor of Cane Valley Christian Church.--Adair County News, 30 May 1945.

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Adair County Honor Roll Board

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The Adair County Honor Roll Board, dedicated on May 26, 1945, to honor the men and women of World War II.

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