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Military Heritage

Kentucky Military Heritage Commission

In 2002 the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission was created by an act of the General Assembly as an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky but attached to the Kentucky Heritage Council for administrative and support purposes. The commission consists of the Adjutant General, the State Historic Preservation Officer, the Director of the Kentucky Historical Society, the Director of the Commission on Military Affairs, and the Commissioner of the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

As a means of protection, the commission is charged with maintaining a registry of Kentucky military heritage sites and objects significant to the military history of the Commonwealth. The commission accepts requests from the public for designation of military heritage sites and objects – including buildings, monuments and community resources – that represent all eras of Kentucky's military history. Most sites registered by the commission are military monuments and memorials, but the legislation gives the commission some latitude as to what may be considered for recognition.

Once accepted to the registry, these sites and objects by law cannot be damaged or destroyed, removed or significantly altered, other than for repair or renovation, without the written consent of the commission. Failure to do so is a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class D felony for each subsequent offense.

The Kentucky Military Sites Report (updated in January 2016) includes all military heritage sites and objects known to exist throughout the Commonwealth, as well as those that have been designated to the registry by the Commission. For more information, see applicable state law KRS 171.780 through KRS 171.788

If you are interested in nominating a site to the registry, download a Historic Military Sites & Objects Application for Registration, or for more information about nominating a site to the registry, contact Diane Comer at the Kentucky Heritage Council, 502-564-7005, ext. 4477.