First – thanks thanks thanks so much for all the views and wonderful comments about our Danville video (we’ve posted it again at the bottom of this blog if you haven’t seen it yet). It’s really a challenge to try to capture the essence of a place in video when you’re only able to spend a couple of days there, so your compliments mean the world to us. It’s a great honor and responsibility we have in sharing your little towns with the world, and we want to do our best to do them all justice. So thanks again!
One very important thing we’ve failed to mention in our Danville blogs is the fact that during our visit to Danville, we were presented with one of the highest honors anyone (especially a couple of strangers in a new town and new state) could ever expect to receive.
As we were finishing up our interview with the amazing glass-blowing artist Stephen Rolfe Powell (who is just the coolest guy ever, by the way), we were surprised by a small delegation of local officials, including Kentucky State Representative Mike Harmon, who all said they had a very big surprise for us.
So we walked outside, excited and a bit nervous, and Rep. Harmon announced that we had been chosen by the Governor of Kentucky to be named official Kentucky Colonels.
If you didn’t know, “Kentucky colonel is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 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. The sitting governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky bestows the honor of a colonel’s Commission, by issuance of letters patent. After a person receives a commission, he or she is invited to join The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.”
Yep. You heard right. We are now officially colonels! So we expect a fanfare and salute anytime we enter the room.
In all seriousness though, words can’t properly describe how thrilled and honored we are to receive this designation. To have our names in the same hall as such notable and historic figures as Ronald Reagan, Muhammad Ali, Bill Clinton, Ansel Adams, John Glenn… and the list goes on and on.. well, all we can say is wow.
Thanks to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Rep. Harmon, and everyone in Danville who helped make this happen for us. Truly unforgettable.
And as we say goodbye to Danville, another big thank you thank you thank you to everyone in town for showing us such a wonderful time. You guys have a beautiful little corner of the world and we can definitely see why you’re so proud to call it home. Look forward to hopefully seeing you all again very soon!