Friday, August 15, 2008

Fine. I Might Have a Quirk or 7 : #3

#3:  I am a Kentucky Colonel.

Thanks to a man named Bill Fred (no, I am NOT using his last name here), I am a Kentucky Colonel.  What's that mean?

According the website for Kentucky's Secretary of State:

The highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky is that of Kentucky Colonel.


Commissions for Kentucky Colonels are given by the Governor and the Secretary of State to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation...
This tradition began in 1813 during the second term of Governor Isaac Shelby. Shelby had just returned from leading the Kentucky Militia on a highly successful “War of 1812” campaign. He named one of his officers, Charles Todd, as an “Aid-De-Camp” on the Governor’s staff with the rank and grade of Colonel. Later Governors commissioned Colonels to act as their protective guard; they wore uniforms and were present at most official functions. (Today's colonels are not required to perform such service.) Other Governors continued this practice and by 1920’s their numbers had grown considerably.


In 1928, an effort began to organize the Colonels into “A great non-political brotherhood for the advancement of Kentucky and Kentuckians.” In 1932, The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels was formally born. Today, the organization is incorporated as a charitable organization with by-laws directing it to be non-partisan, non-profit and dedicated to good works within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

So there you have it.  A little knowledge for your own edification from Colonel Caution.

7 comments:

Keeper Of All Things said...

Wow i really didn't understand that, but I'm feeling a little ADD today

Mental P Mama said...

That is very, very cool!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

SALUTE !

Veggie Mom said...

Colonel, Ma'am: Congrats to you! How does one salute in cyberspace?

Flea said...

This Bill Fred - how exactly did he make you a Kentucky Colonel? Does that mean you now have the secret recipe? Will you share? Or make me a colonel so I can have the recipe? Original, please.

Bobbi said...

I am a Kentucky Colonel, twice!

pam said...

You rock. I always knew that though. I have a photo I took JUST for you! I will post it soon.. watch for it!