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Honor Flight Kentucky board member Evan Goldy and Honor Flight Ambassador Phillip Pittman accept a check from Aaron Kitchen and Nicholas Kitchen from the band The Vindicated.

When Aaron Kitchen and his bandmates in The Vindicated came up with the idea for their Memorial Day concert series, "Red, White & Rock," their plan was to donate profits from the event to a veterans' group. They made that donation last week when Kitchen and his bandmate, Nicholas Kitchen, met with representatives of the Honor Flight Kentucky group to present them with a check for $1,100.

Those funds, Honor Flight Kentucky Ambassador Phillip Pittman explained, will now be used to fly veterans and their loved ones and caretakers to Washington D.C. to visit war memorials and other sites in our nation's capital. Honor Flight handles all costs and coordination for these trips, he said, flying the veterans on private flights as a way to say "thank you" for their service. (See, "Red, White & Rock" in our April 3 edition.)

That isn't the end of the story, though. Kitchen and his bandmates were so excited about the event and the opportunity to support Honor Flight Kentucky that they are already thinking of next year's "Red White & Rock" show, and other ways they can support the charity.

Kitchen said one thing he wanted to focus on with the next show was raising awareness among veterans that admission to the concert is free to them. He said the style of music at the show, classic and hard rock, has broad appeal and he hoped to help more veterans secure the free tickets they offered.

Pittman said he was very pleased with not only the donation, but the work Kitchen and his band did to raise awareness of Honor Flight Kentucky and their mission. He said that he looks forward to working with the band in the future on the next "Red, White & Rock" show and other events.

Contact the writer at jwells@journal-times.com.

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