Military Day Presented by UPS
As the highlight of the Military Day at the Races presented by UPS, on Sunday - April 18, Keeneland will showcase a POW-MIA Chair of Honor. This program brings awareness to past and current POW-MIA military members through a partnership with The Rolling Thunder Kentucky Chapter 5. The Chair of Honor will be located in the Paddock on Military Day and will be displayed again, Heroes Day, Fall 2021. Keeneland in partnership with UPS, will recognize special Military Honorees throughout the day.
Unfortunately due to limited spectators, Keeneland will not be providing free General Admission to members of the Military for the 2021 Spring Meet. We look forward to seeing families and Military members in the fall for Heroes Day.
Meet our Spring 2021 Honorees
Captain John Curtis Stringer, II US Army
Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division Born 12 Jan 1946 Boyd County, Kentucky
Date last seen 30 November, 1970 Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam
John Curtis Stringer II grew up in Grayson, KY, the son of prominent educators, John Curtis and Mary Stringer.
He was Platoon leader for Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division, on acombat mission in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam.
1st Lt. Stringer's company was preparing to cross a river at Mai Loc, which flowed through dense jungle, about 15 miles east northeast of Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. The river was swollen from rain andextremely muddy with jungle growth flourishing along both banks. Tree limbs and vines overhung the winding river'sedge and the current flowed swiftly. A rope had been secured on both sides of the river with the help of a helicopter and John was the first one to attempt crossing it. As he reached mid-stream, he apparently lost his grip on the rope and was swept downstream in the swift current. His remains have never been recovered.
CPL MATTHEW R. BRADFORD, USMC (RET)
Matthew Bradford grew up as a Kentucky Wildcat fan in Winchester, Kentucky until High School then he moved to Dinwiddie, Virginia. On September 11, 2001, just a freshman in high school, he watched the terrorist attacks on America’s soil and knew at that moment he wanted to join the military after graduating. In September 2005 Matthew enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
On January 18, 2007, he was severely injured after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device in Haditha Iraq. This moment put Matthew on a detour and he would learn the true meaning of overcoming and adapting. He did not know the extent of his injuries until he woke up in Bethesda Naval Hospital three weeks later.
Matthew never lets his injuries define who he is or what he can do. Each obstacle is a new challenge. Over the years he has been inspired to share his story to motivate others through their own life challenges with his message of Just Walk. Even without Legs and Vision, you can still have No Problems.
MARK BROOKS, US ARMY
Mark served in the US Army for 3 years and has been with UPS for 16. Mark has been a dedicated UPSer since 2004. He is a very active member of the safety committee and also is a lead mentor to new drivers at UPS. Mark spends some time with Kentucky Trucking Association events that revolve around safety and moving the trucking industry forward. He stays busy with his wife, Verity and two kids – Kenton and Leighton - that are active in sports.
POW – MIA Program
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