The last week has been an emotional one for Joey and Rory Feek as they've celebrated a number of milestones in just a few short days. In addition to releasing a new album, celebrating the anniversary of their first date, the Grammy Awards, and their daughter's 2nd birthday, the couple was also honored by Joey's home state of Indiana.
Joey, who is fighting a courageous battle against stage IV cervical cancer, returned to her childhood home in Alexandria, Indiana, after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis last fall.
On Wednesday, while Joey and Rory were celebrating their daughter Indy's birthday, Joey's dad Jack Martin accepted the Sagamore of the Wabash awards on the couple's behalf. Indiana state representatives Bruce Borders and Melanie Wright made the presentation for Governor Mike Pence.
Joey Feek's father, Jack Martin (center), accepts Sagamore of the Wabash awards for Joey and Rory from State Reps. Melanie Wright (left) and Bruce Borders. (Photo: State Rep. Bruce Borders)
“The Sagamore of the Wabash is the highest distinction in Indiana, and it’s an honor to present it to Joey and Rory,” Borders said.
“Important Hoosier values, such as loving others, serving one’s country, following one’s dreams, and showcasing grace and joy during difficult times — have all been exhibited by Joey and Rory. I would like everyone to keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.”
The award was created during the term of Ralph Gates, who was Indiana's governor from 1945-1949. It is considered one of the most prestigious awards for civilians.
According to its website , the term "Sagamore" was used by Native American tribes to describe a great man among the tribe that the chief would look to for wisdom.
Each governor has the right to personally select the people who receive the award and can be given to both men and women.
Congratulations to Joey and Rory!
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