Distinguished Veteran Contest

2018 Distinguished Veteran Award Information

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2017 Distinguished Veteran Award Information

Paducah Parks and Recreation and the Veterans Day Planning Committee are accepting nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Veteran Award through Friday, October 13.  The winner will be honored during Paducah’s annual Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 10.

For the Distinguished Veteran Award, we are looking for candidates who currently reside in McCracken County and who continue to stay active and involved in their community.  Anyone, male or female, who has served in any branch of the military may be nominated.  Download a Distinguished Veteran Nomination Form and Criteria or stop by the Parks Office to pick one up.  

Each letter of nomination should state why the person deserves the honor and how their service has made a difference in the community.  Details needed include the person’s name, gender, age, branch of military and dates of service, home address, place of employment, and how the person may be contacted.  Information must also include the name and phone number of the person making the nomination. 

A committee of five to seven people will judge all entries.  Then the nominator, judging committee and Parks staff will work to surprise the individual.  He or she will be honored at a ceremony and will have the opportunity to ride in the parade on November 10, 2017.  

The deadline to send in nominations is October 13 at 5 pm.  Please drop the nomination off at Paducah Parks Services located at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive, or mail the nomination to

Paducah Parks Services
Attn: Distinguished Veteran Award Committee
1400 H.C. Mathis Drive
Paducah, KY  42001

For more information about the Veterans Day Parade or the Distinguished Veteran nomination, contact Special Events Coordinator Molly Johnson or call 270-444-8508.