5,500 Crosses Honor Fallen Veterans in Henderson

5,500 crosses fill Central Park in downtown Henderson, Kentucky, and individuals from around the community are gathering at the site to honor veterans on Memorial Day.

Posted: May 31, 2021 10:41 AM
Updated: May 31, 2021 10:57 AM

A decade-long tradition is back in Henderson, Kentucky, honoring our nation's heroes.

5,500 crosses fill the lawn in Central Park in downtown Henderson, each bearing the name of a fallen veteran.

For some, it's a Memorial Day tribute to veterans. For others, like Robyn Harrah, it's a chance to sit down with a loved one.

"My papa was a veteran and last year was when he passed away," said Harrah. "But this was his first year of having his cross up so I figured that maybe we'd come down here and sit for a little while."

Harrah's grandfather retired as a Captain in the United States Naval Reserve, and she even brought along his favorite snack as a small gift. "I brought the cookies for him, because he used to always love eating the cookies," she said.

The crosses were set up earlier in the month with the help of North Middle School students and women from the Warm Center.

The years-long tradition, which was put on hold in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is one of the largest Memorial Day displays in the area.

You can see photos from Monday's Memorial Day ceremony in the photo gallery above.

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