He was at the House of Grace, the Christian church he runs in Kentucky, the US state where he lives with his family. There, the Ecuadorian singer Gerardo Mejía was surprised to learn that he had been recognized with one of the highest distinctions made to residents of the town.

The Ecuadorian singer Gerardo Mejía with his wife Kathy Lynn Mejía, posing with the distinction received.

“Today I received, they made me a surprise in the church where I preach. They presented me with that appointment of Colonel of Kentucky. That (the recognition) is given to certain people, the governor, for the work they do with the community and for the faith that one maintains. It is a great honor, I did not expect it and it is something very nice, because I believe that I am the first Ecuadorian immigrant to have received it, “the artist told this newspaper.


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The plaque he received states that “the appointment of Colonel of Kentucky is the highest honor granted by the Governor of Kentucky, in recognition of a person’s remarkable accomplishments and outstanding service to the community, state and nation. Kentucky Colonels are unwavering in their devotion to faith, family, the common good, and the homeland. ” (I)