Friday, 07 March 2014 07:02

The Purple Heart is the oldest award given in the military and it dates back to George Washington.  It is presented on behalf of the President of the United States to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Yesterday morning members of the National Guard, the JROTC, VFW, DAV, Rolling Thunder, along with many friends and family joined together at the JROTC building on the campus of Barren County High School, to honor a local fallen soldier.

Sergeant Justin Wilkerson was part of a group that was hit by enemy attack on June 20, 2008.  Justin ultimately succumbed from injuries sustained during this attack.  Yesterday, his father Command Sergeant Freedie Joe Wilkerson and his mother accepted the Purple Heart on behalf of their son.

The award was presented by Major General Tohini, the Adjutant General for Kentucky.  We asked Tohini about the significance of this award:

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WCLU News had a chance to speak with Justin’s mother and asked what yesterday meant to her:

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Congratulations to Justin’s mother and father for having your son honored with the Purple Heart.  On behalf of all of us here at WCLU, a huge thank you to all of our country’s military for you service to our country.




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