South Central Bank hosts veteran appreciation event, long-time tradition

GLASGOW Ky.-The sun rises on a Wednesday morning in Glasgow, just as the American flag does to show appreciation for the men and women who have served the nation. An annual event in front of South-Central Bank taking place to honor these heroes, which in turn means a lot to those who have served.

“It’s a great idea, a great thing for this Country. They’re very thoughtful and very appreciative of us. We need them,” said local veteran Clyde Johnson.

Staff from South Central Bank have held a Veterans celebration every year for nearly 2 decades. To make sure the pandemic didn’t stop the community from showing support, the event became a drive-thru style event. As veterans drive through, bank employees, first responders, and community members presented their support posters. Veterans also received breakfast boxes.

“Typically, pre-Covid, we’d have a big event inside. We didn’t want to do away with the celebrations, so we have a parade. It’s all hands-off, but we still want to honor our veterans in this form,” said South Central Bank president & CEO Tommy Ross.

City officials like Glasgow Mayor Harold Armstrong were also in attendance. He says it’s crucial to always show support for those who have served.

“It’s a good day everytime and everyday that we can show appreciation to the men and women who have served our country or are serving it now. It’s good to be out here supporting them. Our community has always been very supportive of our service men and women,” Armstrong said.

Those in attendance say the service of these warriors should never be taken for granted, as the community commemorates another day in the land of the free.

“If it weren’t for these folks, we wouldn’t be here today with the freedoms that we know as a country, a nation, a community. We’re just so proud to honor all these folks,” Ross said,

“I think that if you’re from this community, you see that everybody appreciates the service. Thank you for your service, and your continued service,” Armstrong said.