Monday ceremony honors six veterans of World War II
KY 2565 in Louisa named Preece Brothers Memorial Highway
LAWRENCE COUNTY (Tuesday, May 7, 2019) – William, Hiram, Haskell, Edwin, Rudolph, and James Preece were sons of Henry Garfield Preece and Ada Bell Davis Preece. They were six of 11 children, seven sons and four daughters. They each served honorably in World War II, three in the US Army, three in the US Navy. James volunteered for additional service in the Korean War, and was killed in action on September 5, 1950. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.
A Kentucky General Assembly resolution, sponsored by State Rep. Kathy Hinkle, honors their memory and their service to the United States and for the cause of freedom by putting their names on KY 2565 in Louisa: Preece Brothers Memorial Highway.
A ceremony to dedicate the highway is set for Monday, May 13, at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Louisa United Methodist Church. Friends of the Preece family and the general public are invited to attend.
The ceremony is hosted by Highway District 12, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and will feature State Rep. Hinkle and Shannon Preece, son of William Preece as speakers. Music will be provided by descendants of the Preece brothers, including Some Gave All, performed by Luke and Reece Trimble, great-grandchildren of William Preece, and The Star Spangled Bannerand God Bless the USA, performed by Lonijonli Fox, great-granddaughter of Hessie Ellen Preece Spurlock and great-grand-niece of the six brothers.