Accepting Nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Veteran and Patriot Awards and Accepting Entry Forms for Veterans Day Parade

Date of release:  October 7, 2017

Paducah Parks Services and the Veterans Day Planning Committee are accepting nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Veteran and the 2017 Patriot Awards through Friday, October 13 at 5 p.m.  The award winners will be honored during Paducah’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade on Friday, November 10 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 to veterans with service from the Korean War or World War II since their age gives us only a limited time to honor them. Each letter of nomination should state why the person deserves the honor, explain the person’s military history, and show how the veteran 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 

A Veterans Selection committee will judge all entries.  Then the Nominator, Judging Committee, and Parks staff will work to surprise the Distinguished Veteran and Patriot Award winners.  Each winner will be asked to ride in the parade on November 10.

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 20 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 Johnson by email at or call 270-444-8508.