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Guest recognized, awarded at Bourbon, Patriots and Veterans

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By Kacie Goode

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Guest was recognized Tuesday at the Bourbon, Patriots and Veterans event for his years of service to the country and to the American Legion, and was presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented the awards and said it is rare to see a veteran’s career stretch three conflicts. Grimes called Guest the “very definition of what an American hero is all about.” Guest has been a longtime member of the American Legion, serving in every post he could, and has received numerous recognitions and awards over the years. He serves with Post 42.

“The legion in Kentucky (has) by far been a second home to me,” a second family, Guest said when accepting the awards. He remains humble about his experiences, but legion officials, friends and more were present Tuesday to recognize him.