Paducah Parks Services and the Veterans Day Planning Committee are accepting nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Veteran and the 2016 Patriot Awards through Friday, October 14 by 5 p.m. The award winners will be honored during Paducah’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade on Friday, November 11 at Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza. The ceremony begins around 10:15 a.m. The award winners will then ride in the Veterans Day Parade which begins on that date at 11 a.m.
For the Distinguished Veteran Nomination, priority will be given to nominees who currently reside or work in Paducah or McCracken County and who continue to stay active and involved in their community. Each letter of nomination should state why the person deserves the honor and how their service has made a difference in the community. For the Patriot Award, the committee is looking for non-veteran candidates who dedicate their time to serving veterans and veteran causes in this community.
All nominations must include the name and phone number of the person making the nomination. Nomination forms and award criteria are available in the Parks Office or online at www.paducahky.gov.
A Veterans Selection committee of five to seven people will judge all entries. Then the Nominator, Judging Committee, and Parks staff will work to surprise the Distinguished Veteran and Patriot Award winners who will be honored at a ceremony in the days leading up to their riding in the parade on November 11.
The deadline to submit award nominations is Friday, October 14 by 5 pm. Entries can be hand-delivered to the Parks office at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive or mailed to the following address:
Paducah Parks Services
Attn: Veterans Day Committee
P.O. Box 7265
Paducah, KY 42002-7265
The Parks Department also is accepting entry forms for the Veterans Day Parade. Entries will be accepted until October 21 at 5 p.m. Entry forms are available at the Parks Department office or online.
For more information about the Veterans Day Parade, the Distinguished Veteran Award, or the Patriot Award, contact Special Events Coordinator Molly Tomasallo by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the Parks website www.paducahky.gov, or call 270-444-8508.