Dakota Meyer named grand marshal of Gov.-elect Matt Bevin's inaugural parade

11/13/2015 02:17 PM

Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer will serve as grand marshal of Gov.-elect Matt Bevin’s Inaugural Parade, Bevin’s team announced on Friday.

Meyer is one of only three living recipients of the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest decoration. On Sept. 8, 2009, the then-21-year-old Meyer is credited with saving 36 Marines from Taliban forces.

“It is truly an honor to have Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Dakota Meyer to serve as our Grand Marshall,” Bevin said in a press release. “We want military veterans and others in uniform to be central figures at this inauguration. This will be a day of celebration and of honoring those who serve the Commonwealth.”

Joe Craft, owner of Alliance Resource Partners, and his fiancée, Kelly Knight, have signed on to serve as chairs of the Inaugural Committee.

Bevin said that as co-chairs of the Inaugural Committee, the couple “will make us all proud to be Kentuckians.”

“The Inauguration is an exciting time. Joe and I are Kentucky natives and are proud to do our part as we celebrate the beginning of what we believe will be a very successful term for Governor Bevin and for the Commonwealth,” Knight said in a statement. “We are grateful for the members of the committee and all the other volunteers who have worked so tirelessly to bring this wonderful event to life.“

According to the transition team, inauguration events will begin just before midnight on Dec. 7 with a private swearing-in ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.

On Dec. 8, inaugural events will begin with a family worship service at 8:15 a.m. at Buck Run Baptist Church. A parade is scheduled to begin following the service at 10 a.m. Public events will conclude with the Frankfort Welcome Reception and Bluegrass Festival, according to the release.


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