Military Families to be honored at Keeneland Racetrack this weekend

By David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

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Keeneland Race Track mascot “Buckles” played host to Military Appreciation Day to celebrate Kentucky military families on April 22. (Photo by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, PAO, Kentucky National Guard)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Military families from all services are invited to attend Military Appreciation Day at Keeneland racetrack in Lexington this Sunday, October 21 from noon to 4 p.m.

“We are extremely grateful to the staff here at Keeneland for giving their time and effort to make this a special day for our military families,” said Kentucky National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Jennifer Maggard from State Family Programs.  “This is just another wonderful example of how Kentucky values its military community.”

The Kentucky National Guard’s Family Programs will set up a resource table to provide assistance to military families, plus there will be a kickoff to this year’s Operation Military Cheer, a drive to provide for the needs of military children and youth for the upcoming holiday season.

Maggard wants to remind attendees to take advantage of the Military Kids Zone and a free lunch .  Also, ceremonies will be held in the winner’s circle in honor of Wounded Warriors, deployed troops and the survivors of fallen service members.

“What better way for our military families to have fun than a day at the races,” said Maggard.  “This is most definitely a new Kentucky tradition.”

Following is the day’s timeline of events:

12:00 p.m.    Presentation of colors by the Eastern Kentucky University ROTC and the singing of the national anthem by the Kentucky Guard’s own Spc. Cheyenne Jennings in the Winner’s Circle.

Activities begin in the North Terrace – free lunch, music, children’s activities.

12:55 p.m.    Winner’s Circle recognition of Wounded Warriors, just prior to Race 1.

1:26 p.m.       Winner’s Circle recognition of families of the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery just prior to Race 2.

1:57 p.m.       Winner’s Circle recognition of Survivors of American Heroes, just prior to Race 3.

2:30 p.m.      Winner’s Circle recognition of Service for Peace, just prior to Race 4.

4:00 p.m.     Activities conclude in the North Terrace.

4:17 p.m.     Post time for 7th race with horses wearing camouflaged saddle towels, followed by a presentation of trophy following race.

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