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Boone County honors service members, hosting ‘Heroes Don’t Wear Capes They Wear Dog Tags’

Boone County will host the “Heroes Don’t Wear Capes. They Wear Dog Tags” Memorial Wall at the Boone County Administration Building in Burlington.

Teachers Glenda Raney and Tammy Pidgeon and their Kelly Elementary students created a Memorial Wall to honor the local service members who have given their lives serving their country since 9/11 in the War on Terror.

These service members are from Boone, Kenton, Campbell, and Grant counties.

Fifth-grade students interviewed the families, wrote biographies, and requested pictures of these heroes.  The Memorial was unveiled to the Gold Star families in April, 2018 at the Hometown Hero Day at Kelly Elementary.

Since then, it has been displayed in venues throughout the community. The goal of the project is to pay tribute to those service members who given everything for the cause of freedom and to honor their families.

The “Heroes Don’t Wear Capes. They Wear Dog Tags” Memorial Wall will be displayed on the second floor of the Boone County Administration Building located at 2950 Washington Street in Burlington.

The display will be available to the public beginning January 24 and remain at the Administration Building for two weeks.

“We are privileged to have the “Heroes Don’t Wear Capes. They Wear Dog Tags” Memorial Wall on display in at the Boone County Administration Building,” said Judge/Executive Gary Moore. “I am so proud of these students and teachers at Kelly Elementary for honoring those local service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation. I encourage everyone in the community to visit Burlington to learn the stories of valor and honor represented on the Memorial Wall.”

Office of the Boone County Judge Executive

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See these two NKyTribune stories about the wall:

Traveling tribute to local Gold Star veterans

Unveiling the tribute wall

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