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Our Mission

The Mission of the KYNG eMuseum is to gather, preserve and make publicly accessible photographs, publications and articles that document the rich military heritage of Kentucky and the distinguished service of thousands of Kentuckians in the National Guard.

The Kentucky National Guard, like other state National Guards, has been known under various names such as state militia, state guard. It has the distinction of being one of the oldest military forces in the United States. Its history dates back to 1775, when Kentucky was known as Fincastle County, a part of western Virginia. The fundamental concept of a state or local Military organization has existed since 1636, when the Colony of Massachusetts formed a regiment of "Trained Bands."

Since its inception, the Kentucky National Guard has not only stood ready as an alert fighting force ready to defend Kentucky and America against those who would destroy our Democratic way of life but this voluntary citizens Army has also served in times of national disaster. The skill and proficiency with which the Guard has served Kentucky further contributes to the fact that it is, and will continue to be, a necessary and indispensable organization for the continuing existence of the Commonwealth.

Kentucky National Guard History

Throughout history, Kentucky has cherished the tradition of rendering military duty with zeal when called upon. Kentucky's history teems with incidents of self-sacrifice unsurpassed in daring and achievement. Kentuckians have answered the call to arms in all wars of our country.

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Awards & Decorations

State military decorations are awarded in recognition of heroism, meritorious service or achievement. Kentucky has Medals, Badges, and Ribbons that can only be earned by being a member of the Kentucky National Guard

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Media Collection

The Kentucky National Guard and its predecessors have over the years been represented many times in poetry, songs, paintings, photograghy and video. Join us in continuing to grow our collection!

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