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Photos: Veterans Honored at Ludlow-Newport Youth Football Game

Veterans were honored during a break in the youth football game between Ludlow and Newport on Sunday.

Both teams lined up as the flag was presented by the Northern Kentucky Young Marines and the names of the veterans who were in attendance were announced over the loud speaker by Ludlow Independent Schools superintendent Michael Borchers.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends," Borchers quoted. "Take a moment to look around you. Chances are that you are inches away from someone who serves or has served in our armed forces."

He reminded everyone that these are the people who, when times are tough, told their country, "here I am; send me!"

Every year, the Northern Kentucky Youth Football League chooses a cause to support, to teach the young players about.

"We try to educate the kids about causes," said treasurer Cindy Powell. "This is our opportunity to make the kids aware of things going on in the world. This year, because of the date, we wanted to honor our veterans since it is the day before 9/11, and the Newport teams wanted to help us in this endeavor, so they were on board. We invited people from the Barracks Project, who help newly returned veterans transition back into civilian life, and they are here too."

The national anthem was sung and the soldiers stood at attention while the young players took it all in.

Then the whistle blew, and it was time for more football.

Story & photos by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

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