Kevin Henthorn from the Knox County Veterans Service Office talks about Memorial Day

Kevin Henthorn, Executive Director of Knox County Veterans Service Office was a our special guest on this Memorial Day.
Click HERE to hear the conversation.
He talked about the services that his office provided to veterans of our community.
He also shared the real meaning and importance behind Memorial Day.
He also shared the details of Mount Vernon’s activities including the Memorial Day Parade and special service at the Knox Memorial.
We honor the veterans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom today. Your service is not forgotten!

Click HERE to connect with the Knox County Veterans Service Office.

How will you celebrate Memorial Day?

Kevin, Henthorn, Executive Director for the Knox County Veteran’s Service Office talked with The Morning Thing today. He shared highlights of Memorial Day activities around the county.

He also shared the importance of Memorial Day and why we should stop saying “Happy” Memorial Day.

Click HERE to hear the conversation.
Please take time to remember our fallen heroes and their incredible sacrifice for our freedom today.

Here is a schedule of events happening today around Knox County:

Memorial Day Parade lineup

Mount Vernon’s Patriotic Memorial Day Committee invites you to honor those who gave their lives to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.

The 2022 Memorial Day Parade theme is “Honor and Reflect”. The Parade starts this morning at 10:30, traveling west on East High Street to Gay Street, then exiting south on Gay Street to Vine Street. The staging area at East High Street and George Street opens at 8:00 and arrival Entries are asked to get to the staging area by way of Edgewood Road.

Parade entries are announced from the steps of the Knox Memorial on East High Street. A special Memorial Day program follows at the Memorial porch after the parade ends.

Danville’s parade starts at 10 this morning, traveling south on South Market Street, beginning north of the square, and ending at Memorial Park. A service at Memorial Park will follow.

Fredericktown begins the Memorial Day remembrance at 10 this morning on the Village Square, with a flag-raising, the National Anthem, and the laying of a ceremonial wreath. The parade will then go from the square to Forest Cemetery, with a formal ceremony at 10:30.

Centerburg’s parade starts at 10:45 this morning at the corner of Church Street and Hartford Avenue and continues to Eastview Cemetery. The ceremony starts at 11 and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of Capt. Peter Hayden Chapman II, a Centerburg native who died in the Vietnam War. The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight provides a free concert at 2 p.m. at the Centerburg High School auditorium.

The Morning Thing shares what is happening for Memorial Day in Knox County

Kevin Henthorn, Executive Director of Knox County Veteran’s Service Office shares about Memorial Day activities and the importance of this holiday. He also shares about the services that his office provides veterans in Knox County.

Click HERE to hear his conversation with WNZR’s Wesley Boston.

Click HERE to access the Veterans Service website.

The Morning Thing Fave 5 – we share what we love about Memorial Day

For The Morning Thing Fave 5 this week, we are sharing what we love about Memorial Day. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend. Please take time to honor and remember the veterans that have given their lives for our freedom.

Click below to hear from The Morning Thing Co-Hosts and our special guests.

May God bless the USA!

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Hunter Sutyak

Marcy in studio

Marcy Rinehart


Rachel Rinehart


Joe Rinehart

Wesley Boston

Wesley Boston

Picture from Justin Casey.

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial-Day-2018It’s Memorial Day! Today on The Morning Thing, we talked about the history behind this important holiday. We also talked with Mayor Richard Mavis about the Memorial Day Parade and how Mount Vernon is celebrating today. Click HERE for the full conversation. And we talked with a veteran, Kevin Henthorn who is Executive Director of Knox County Veterans Services. Click HERE to listen to the full conversation and HERE to learn more about Knox County Veterans Services. Click HERE to learn more about the history of Memorial Day and HERE for a list of local events celebrating Memorial Day. Thanks for listening and happy Memorial Day!

The Morning Thing Fave 5 – why we LOVE Memorial Day


This week for our Morning Thing Fave 5 – several of our staff members shared their favorite way to observe Memorial Day and honor those who have served.

Marcy Rinehart

Daria Swisher

Abigail Brown

Lilly Buckley

Todd McKinley

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Are you ready for Memorial Day?

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The Morning Thing is helping you get ready for the Memorial Day Weekend.

There are many wonderful activities going on this weekend for you and your family.

The 43rd annual Sertoma Ice Cream Festival in Utica kicks off Saturday 5/27 and continues through Memorial Day.

The annual parade starts on Saturday morning at 11 in the village of Utica. The parade will form at the Utica High School located at the intersection of Church and Jefferson Streets and travel throughout the downtown streets of Utica.

Sunday, there will be a car show, displaying over 450 classic cars. Other activities include pony rides, an ice cream eating contest, and a balloon toss.

The festival will be held on Ohio 13 one mile south of Utica, on the grounds of the Energy Cooperative and Velvet Ice Cream Company.

The times for the Festival will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Look for the Big Blue Crew at the Utica Ice Cream Festival on Saturday for the parade. We will be throwing out candy! We will also take our Big Blue crew to the festival from
2-5pm. Come see us in the parking lot of Ye Olde Mill. Sign up to win a gift certificate for Velvet Ice Cream or Ye Olde Mill!

Click here to see a map for the parade.

Click here for the complete festival schedule.

Many Memorial Day celebrations are planned
There are several Memorial Day ceremonies for communities throughout Knox County scheduled for Monday.

In Mount Vernon, there will be a parade starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday starting on East High Street. The parade is followed by a dedication ceremony on the steps of the Memorial Building at 11:30 a.m. and an open house until 2:00 p.m.
Click HERE to hear our conversation with Kevin Henthorne, Executive Director of the Knox County Veterans Service Office. Kevin shared details of Monday’s special service in Mount Vernon.

Click HERE to see the changed route for the Mount Vernon parade.

There will also be a special re-dedication and open house for the renovated Memorial Building in downtown Mount Vernon. You can enjoy tours, theater programs and FREE refreshments from 11:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m. Click HERE to hear a conversation with Sara Lynn Kerr, Executive Director of the new and improved Knox County Memorial Building.

Centerburg will have a parade at 10:30 Monday morning, starting at the post office. Services at Eastview Cemetery will begin at 11:00.

In Fredericktown, events begin at 9:30 Monday morning at the east side of the square. The flag will be raised at 9:45, followed by the playing of the National Anthem. The parade will begin at 10:00 moving to Forest Cemetery.

Danville’s Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the square, heading to Memorial Park. Millwood Church of Christ pastor Dave Jones will be speaking at the park.

We also shared some yummy recipes from for your Memorial Day picnics and gatherings.

Sensational Sirloin Kabobs

Steve’s Bodacious Barbecue Ribs

Cola Beans

Classic Macaroni Salad

Happy Memorial Day Weekend from WNZR!


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