Patrick to be honored this weekend
SALYERSVILLE - The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15 of Salyersville, Kentucky, and Magoffin County Citizens invite you to attend two very special upcoming events. Both events will celebrate the life and heroic military service of World War II and Pearl Harbor veteran Sergeant Albert L. Patrick.
After witnessing the first bombs being dropped on Pearl Harbor Military Base, Sergeant Patrick was deployed with the Army’s Company H, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division in support of Tropic Lightning’s ferocious Fight on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.
For this heroic service and bravery, Sgt. Patrick has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead and three Bronze Service Stars and the World War II Victory Medal.
The first recognition and appreciation event is scheduled for Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11 at 11 a.m. in front of the Magoffin County Courthouse in Salyersville, Kentucky. This event will honor Sgt. Patrick by unveiling his name on the courthouse, to be called “The Magoffin County Courthouse, Albert Patrick Building” from this point forward. Also, Route 1888 Old Burning Fork Road will be given the name “Sgt. Albert Patrick Highway.” Route 1888 was where Patrick was raised and lived most of his life. Judge Executive Dr. Charles Hardin and the Magoffin County Fiscal Court passed a resolution and ordinance to bestow these honors about Magoffin’s native son.
The second event is scheduled for Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. at the Magoffin County Gymnasium. This event will also celebrate Sgt. Patrick’s heroic actions during the Pearl Harbor attack and throughout the Pacific Theatre during WWII and his milestone 100th birthday.
Several state and local officials, veterans groups, high school students, teachers and staff and county administrative personnel, as well as Magoffin County Citizens will take part in the celebration.
Everyone is invited to come celebrate and honor a true American hero on his 100th birthday.
Patriotic red, white and blue will be the colors of the day.