Step inside the courthouse to reveal what has been labeled a unique memorial unlike anything else found in the Commonwealth.
In 1941, County Judge Pleas Sanders, a highly decorated WWI veteran, established a photo gallery of service men and women in the entry hall of the courthouse. Members of the community would gather at the courthouse to pay homage to their loved ones, share correspondence or any news about the war, and have prayer for their safe keeping and return from war.
The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, under the direction of Commander Maurita Miller and Adjutant Perneila (Penny) Saltsman, elevated the honor of these men and women by adding more display cases and organizing photos according to war era, as well as adding authentic memorabilia.
On August 31, 2013, a formal dedication ceremony declared the hallway the VETERANS HALL OF HONOR.
In 2014, County Judge Executive Wil Cannon approached the DAV and Auxiliary about dedicating the Edmonson County courtyard as the VETERANS COURTYARD. The Wiley N. Willis Veterans Memorial Wall was built to recognize veterans. The response for veteran names was so great that a second wall was needed to accommodate the additional names, thus the erection of the Victory Wall.
The dedication to preserve these memorials in Edmonson County continues to acknowledge, affirm, and commemorate each veteran’s role in history from the war of 1812 to present day.
We welcome all visitors to stop by the VETERANS HALL OF HONOR and VETERANS COURTYARD free of charge during your stay in Edmonson County, Kentucky.