The Henderson War Memorial Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1996 for the purpose of raising funds to construct an appropriate and respectful memorial for all veterans of Henderson County, Kentucky. The Henderson War Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day of 1999. The Foundation works in conjunction with the Henderson American Legion Worsham Post No. 40 to fund the placement of crosses in Central Park during the month of May to honor those deceased veterans of Henderson County and to conduct the annual community Memorial Day Celebration.
The spirit of patriotism is undeniably present in the City of Henderson. Equally visible is the respect and appreciation the community extends to the heroes that protect our everyday freedom – the men and women of the military. Each national holiday, the local Lions Club places American flags throughout our downtown area. Our local school system presents a Veterans Day program that is second to none for the purpose of reminding our students of the price of freedom.
Henderson is the home of two individuals awarded Congressional Medal of Honor: Luther Skaggs, who was awarded the medal in 1944 during World War II, and Gary Lee Littrell, awarded the medal in 1972 for his valor in Vietnam. The Henderson War Memorial Foundation was instrumental in working with the County of Henderson to construct a display in the Henderson County Courthouse.
Our mission is quite simple, that is, to ensure that the citizens of Henderson County, Kentucky remember the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States of America. As you will see when touring this site, Henderson, Kentucky is undoubtedly one of the most patriotic towns in the United States of America.