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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) 892-3611.
KRS 171.782 (1) The Kentucky Military Heritage Commission is hereby established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky which is attached to the Kentucky Heritage Council for administrative and support purposes. The Heritage Council may request and receive additional administrative aid and support from the Kentucky Historical Society, the Department of Military Affairs, the Commission on Military Affairs, and the Department of Veterans' Affairs.(2) The Kentucky Military Heritage Commission shall consist of the adjutant general, the director of the Kentucky Historical Society, the state historic preservation officer, the executive director of the commission on Military Affairs, and the commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs or their designees, whose names shall be provided in writing.Colonel (R) M. Blaine Hedges, ChairExecutive Director, Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs 66 Wilkinson BoulevardFrankfort, Kentucky 40601 (502) 564-0269 Date Appointed/Reappointed: December 2016Term Expires: on expiration of appointment to position
Major Gen. Stephen R. HoganKentucky Adjutant General, Kentucky Department of Military Affairs 100 Minuteman Parkway, Boone National Guard Center,Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-6168 (502) 607-1558Date Appointed/Reappointed: January 2016Term Expires: on expiration of appointment to position
Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Adams IIICommissioner, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs1111B Louisville RoadFrankfort, Kentucky 40601(502) 564-9203 Date Appointed/Reappointed: January 2016Term Expires: on expiration of appointment to position
Craig PottsKentucky Heritage Council Executive Director and State Historic Preservation OfficerThe Barstow House, 410 High StreetFrankfort, Kentucky 40601 (502) 564-7005Date Appointed/Reappointed: April 2007Term Expires: on expiration of appointment to position
Kent WhitworthKentucky Historical Society Executive Director100 West BroadwayFrankfort, Kentucky 40601(502) 564-1792Date Appointed/Reappointed: July 2006Term Expires: on expiration of appointment to position
Commission LinksKentucky Department of Military Affairs
Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
Kentucky Historical Society
The Kentucky Military Heritage Commission will meet at 1:30 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, May 15, at the Kentucky Heritage Council Office, 410 High Street, Frankfort. The meeting is open to the public
May 15 AGENDA