Governor Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky recently signed a proclamation appointing me as a “Kentucky Colonel”. See below photograph of his emissary, Barry Johnson, presenting me with the honor. FrancisPileggicropped.JPG
The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and, in essence, is a charitable organization that supports worthy causes. The Governor’s office describes it as a group of “ambassadors of goodwill and fellowship around the world”. Its membership has included President Lyndon Johnson and Prime Minister Winston Churchill. More details can be found at this link.