Happy Veteran’s Day

Kami Bivins, center, and her daughters at Rupp Arena Friday. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It was really cool to see UK honor veterans at Friday night’s win by the Wildcats over Utah Valley.

Kami Bivins an her daughters came from Gallatin, Tenn., as UK’s guests to honor the memory of Eric Bivins, her husband and their father. He passed away from PTSD and the girls have been on a mission to raise awareness that 22 veterans per day die from the same thing.

Eric Bivins was a life-long UK fan from Central City and UK played the video his daughters made on the Rupp Arena big screen and honored the family at midcourt. Later another veteran who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War was recognized.

On Thursday UK women’s coach Matthew Mitchell expressed his feeling about Veteran’s Day.

“We just feel so blessed to play in Memorial Coliseum, which honors so many Kentuckians that paid the ultimate sacrifice so we could live in America and have the freedom that we have that so many people around the globe don’t have,” Mitchell said.

“We are so thankful for the people who made that sacrifice and who are out there right now sacrificing for us and protecting us and keeping us safe right now. We have the upmost respect for our military and veterans and are very, very appreciative of that.

“I always feel honored to try to go out and give a great effort in Memorial Coliseum, that is always on our mind that this is a special building and we are honored to call it home.”

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