I give you a person dedicated to the good things of life, to the gentle, the heartfelt things, to good living, and to the kindly rites with which it is surrounded. In all the clash of a plangent world he holds firm to his ideal – a gracious existence in that country of content “where slower clocks strike happier hours.”
Standing in a broad doorway, open wide with welcome and with a hospitable Bourbon glass in hand, watching a thoroughbred mare and her colt prancing across meadows of rippling bluegrass, stands an American patriot. Generous in spirit as well as action and proud in the traditions of Kentucky.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Kentucky Colonel.
In 1936, New York advertising agency owner Colonel Arthur Kudner wrote a toast to Kentucky colonels. The toast was quickly adopted by the Honorable Order, and it was widely published for use by colonels. The toast has since been ceremoniously presented at each of the Kentucky Colonels' Derby Eve Banquets.