Video above shows the unveiling and some touching clips after the ceremony.
PADUCAH, KY – Torian says, “Two Paducah natives, Sgt. Christopher Heflin and MSGT. Aaron Torian, gave the ultimate sacrifice in these wars. No words can describe how much Paducah needs to memorialize those who served along with those who gave everything.” (source paducahky.com)
McCracken County Judge Leeper, during the unveiling ceremony on May 28, said to the crowed, “It takes one person to have a vision.” He then looks over to Nathan Torian and said, “Nathan, that was you.”
He continues looking over at Nathan and said, “I have a little phrase I like to use….refuse to do nothing, and I think you epitomized that today.”
Nathan Torian, brother of Aaron Torian who was killed while on duty in Afghanistan in 2014, was at the helm of this project and his unwavering commitment was legendary.
Nathan said to the crowed, “If it wasn’t for you all, it wouldn’t have gotten done. Now I hear everyone thanking me, but all I did was put everyone’s money and efforts into one place.”
Engraved on the monument is MSGT. Aaron Carl Torian and Marine Sgt. Christopher Todd Heflin. They both lived in Paducah and were high school friends as well.
Members of the Operation Enduring Freedom Fund organized the unveiling ceremony.
MSGT. Aaron Carl Torian
Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Marine Sgt. Christopher Todd Heflin
Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Global War on Terrorism Memorial Monument
Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza Park
At Clark Street & 5th
Paducah, KY 42003
Unveiled: Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM
PADUCAH, KY – At around 2:30 PM yesterday the Paducah Police Department responded to flash flooding at Joe Clifton Road and Laclede Avenue making it safer for first responders in an ambulance to get through the flooded intersection. Couldn’t figure what was going on at first until I got home and watch the video. Nice teamwork.
Paducah’s Lower Town Arts & Music Festival 2018 and the beautiful people that attended…
The Annual Lower Town Arts & Music Festival in Paducah, Kentucky is a two day celebration that features its rich culture with food, music and art in a six-block area in the Historic Arts District of Lower Town.
Friday evening, a bit after 8pm, Nora Jane Struthers and her band were performing? Incredible. The photos below were taken just before and during her performance.
The yearly festival is made possible by local sponsors, grassroots artists and nonprofits. There were donation boxes with a suggested $1 donation at the street entrances but it wasn’t mandatory.
I wanted to thank you all for letting me take your picture and being so kind. Even though the meetings were brief, I will always cherish them.