Hart receives Patriot Award
Paducah - Prior to the beginning of the recent Veteran’s Day Parade in Paducah, Sandy Hart, Coordinator of the Kentucky Veteran and Patriot Museum, received an award for her dedication to Veterans.
The City of Paducah Parks Services and the Veteran’s Day Parade Committee presented Hart with the Patriot Award. This is the first time this particular award has been given to a citizen who is not a veteran. Hart received a plaque thanking her for her outstanding contributions as a citizen and for her service and dedication to Veterans at home.
Hart said she learned of her being chosen for the Award just days prior to the event. At first, she said she was worried because she had thought she was receiving the award instead of a veteran receiving it; this was unsettling, as she did not want to take away any accolades from local veterans.
She then learned that this is the first time the Patriot Award has ever been offered, and she was honored to receive the award. Bradford Mutchler, 75, of Paducah, received the 2013 Distinguished Veteran Award.
Hart really did not want to take all the credit for what she does; rather, she said she would have liked to have the award go to the Kentucky Veteran and Patriot Museum and all those individuals who put in long hours at the museum and for the museum. “I don’t do this by myself. I would rather the Patriot Museum got it,” said Hart. “The only reason people are acknowledging me is I get to honor them.”
Both Hart and Mutchler were presented with their awards at the Opening Ceremony outside of the Courthouse before the commencement of the Parade. Following the awards presentation, Hart and Mutchler rode in the parade.