Fallen Kentucky Marine to be enshrined during Memorial Day ceremony | Events
From Tammy Wells
LOUISVILLE, KY - Veterans and their families will join with the community at an annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27, 2013, at noon at the Patriots Peace Memorial to honor all fallen veterans who have given their lives in defense of our country.
The Patriots Peace Memorial honors members of the Armed Forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty under conditions other than hostile action. This unique memorial is dedicated to those who have stood the watch and will be remembered for their honorable service to our country.
Each year on Memorial Day, we remember our Patriots enshrined within the walls of the Patriots Peace Memorial and give comfort to grieving families whose son or daughter we enshrine.
With the enshrinement of Cory A. Adkins, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, the Patriots Peace Memorial will represent the service of 440 patriots from our region that have been memorialized since 2002.
As a name is added, a concrete brick is removed and replaced with a personalized glass plate identifying each Patriot and signifying our loss. This void in an otherwise solid wall becomes a portal of light transforming the interior by day and radiating outward at night through each name, as a daily reminder to celebrate the joy of freedom safeguarded by these brave men and women.
The memorial is located next to Thurman-Hutchins Park on River Road between Zorn Avenue and Indian Hills Trail and across from Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park.
Sergeant Cory A. Adkins, U.S. Marine Corps, age 25, was tragically killed on January 31, 2008, in a motor vehicle accident while serving with the School of Infantry, East Division, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Sgt Adkins, who was born and reared in Louisville, Kentucky, served two combat tours in Iraq. Prior to his military service, he was a volunteer firefighter at Camp Taylor Fire Department, through which he became involved with the Crusade for Children. Sgt Adkins was a graduate of Seneca High School, where he participated in the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program.
A glass plate memorializing his service will be unveiled and presented to his family for installation within the memorial walls.
The ceremony will include a keynote address by Major General Robert S. Silverthorn Jr., U.S. Army (Ret), Kentucky State Chairman, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, who served on active duty as a cavalry officer during the Vietnam War.
This ceremony is free and open to the public.
The memorial's Web site (www.PatriotsPeaceMemorial.org) contains information about the memorial, a list of all enshrinees and contact information for those wishing to nominate a veteran for enshrinement.
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