CARROLLTON, Ky. (July 2004) June 6, 1944 is a day etched in
the minds of many former servicemen and women, their families, friends
and relatives. Remembered as D-Day, this year marks the 60th anniversary
of the Normandy Invasion. To honor survivors and those who lost their
lives, a memorial ceremony was held June 6 in front of Carrolltons
National Guard Armory.
by Don Ward
First Class Rick mcDonald poses
in front of the new sign at
Carrollton's National Guard Armory.
Veterans and dignitaries took part in a dedication of a new sign
in front of the Armory. Also, Guardsmen gathered to present the veterans
with red poppy plants. This flower is symbolic of the Normandy Beaches
and connects the veterans of World War IIs turning point
to our protectors of today, said Robin Caldwell, executive director
of Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism & Convention Commission.
No soldier can ever downplay his or her importance in the scope
of the military and the part they play. Everyone who signs his or
her name to serve-also agrees to place their lives on the line to
protect our country, said Caldwell. Her father, the late Sgt.
Major Robert John Goose Caldwell, was inducted into the
U.S. Army during World War II. The National Guard Armory in Carrollton
was renamed for Sgt. Major Caldwell on Dec. 14, 2002.
Major Robert John "Goose" Caldwell.
The National Guard unit has been stationed in Carrollton since the
1940s, and has played an active role in the community since its conception.
The Armory is home to battery A, 2nd Battalion, 139th Field Artillery,
which predates the Mexican War.
Kaiser-Taulbee Associates of Lexington, Ky., built the Carrollton
National Guard Armory in 1959. It is located on a 10-acre lot next
to the entrance to Gen. Butler State Resort Park. This lot was donated
by the Carroll County School Board, which received ownership of it
from a war veteran.
Caldwell helped to unveil the new Armory sign, which was surrounded
by freshly planted flowers. The previous sign was destroyed by vandals.
The new sign was made by veteran David Searcy, a native of Carroll
The sign is an exact replica of the former sign, with updates of where
the Unit has served in recent years. It is similar to the original
one that was in front of the Armory 15 years ago, said Sgt. First
Class Rick McDonald, a Cincinnati native assigned to manage the Armory.
Money has been donated from local companies to cover the expense of
the new one.
For more information contact the Tourism Dept. at 1-800-325-4290
or go to http://www.military.state.ky.us.