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“On The Road With Big Blue”
– Memorial Day Parade Edition

On Monday (5/27) /Memorial Day, look for Big Blue in Mount Vernon’s Memorial Day Parade.

The parade starts at 10:30am.

The parade will start by heading west from the intersection of East High Street and George Street. It will then turn south, or left, on South Gay Street before turning east (left) onto East Vine Street. The route continues, making a final turn heading north (left) onto South Park Street, from where it will head back to East High Street.

This year’s parade theme is “We Remember and Honor”. Our parade will honor the men and women who gave their lives to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today. Please show your appreciation to the veterans that participate in this year’s parade.

This year’s grand marshal is Jack Scott, a U.S. Air Force Veteran.


The Knox County Memorial Building, 112 E. High Street, will host a Memorial Day Celebration directly after the parade. A special program will be held on the steps of the Memorial Building - saluting our Knox County Veterans no longer with us. 

Ceremony highlights:

  • Kevin L. Henthorn, executive director of Knox County Veterans Services, will serve as master of ceremonies. 

  • Retired U.S. Army Chaplain Don Wilson will offer the invocation and benediction. 

  • Wilson Warner (U.S. Army) of the Veterans Service Commission will lead the Pledge of Allegiance with attendees.

  • Mount Vernon High School student Kale Oswalt will sing the National Anthem.

  • The Gold Star Mothers and Knox County Career Center Air Force JROTC Cadets will participate in wreath placings.

  • This year’s program will also pay tribute to our Missing in Action and Prisoners of War with a “Missing Man Table” and honors ceremony, what is commonly known as the POW-MIA ceremony.

  • Gary McCutcheon will perform “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes. 

  • Representatives from AMVETS Post No. 95 will offer a rifle salute.

  • A Mount Vernon High School trumpeter will close out the ceremony with a performance of “Taps”.​


Don’t forget to listen to The Morning Thing on Memorial Day – we want to hear from you. Take a minute, call us at 740-397-WNZR (9697) and honor the service men and women that you are remembering this year. Our phone lines will be open for special Memorial Day messages. We’ll also play patriotic music throughout the show from 6am – 9am. 


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