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.

Happy Veterans Day from The Morning Thing!

Today, The Morning Thing celebrated Veterans Day by talking about the history of this special day and sharing ways that we can honor the brave women and men who have served our country.


Veterans Day, observed annually on November 11, is a tribute to military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who died while in service, Veterans Day honors all military veterans, including those still with us

Click HERE to see the following: History of celebration including a timeline, Veterans Day Traditions, Stats about Veterans Day and how you can celebrate our veterans.

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!

It is National Forget-Me-Not Day. The Morning Thing 11/10/16



National Forget-Me-Not Day is observed annually on November 10. Created in 1921 to remind Americans of the sacrifices returning soldiers have made for out country.
National Forget-Me-Not Day originally raised funds for services where there were none.

This day even has its own special flower, the Forget-Me-Not.


Remember to thank our disabled veterans. Use #ForgetMeNotDay to post on social media.


Forget-Me-Not Day hearkens back to The Great War and the wounded returning soldiers who continued to require care long after the war was over.  The wounded veterans’ plight was not new, but the government was unprepared for the number of returning wounding requiring care. Very few services and organizations existed to provide the care and support the veterans required. A movement to remember and support these returning soldiers began in earnest in 1921.

Judge Robert S. Marx called on the nation to establish Forget-Me-Not Day to remind the country of their sacrifices and raised funds for disabled soldiers through the sale of forget-me-nots. Injured during the during  The first published occurrence of this day was on December 17, 1921.

Injured on November 10, 1918, during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Marx returned to the United States from his injuries.  A lawyer before he was a soldier, he took up his practice once more and soon was elected judge.  His interest in veteran’s affairs became apparent. From fundraising to speeches, Marx made the rounds.  In 1920, the Disabled American Veterans of the World War was founded and headed by Judge Marx himself.  The first National Caucus was held on September 25, 1920.  It was through the DAVWW in 1922 that the first official Forget-Me-Not Day fundraising campaign launched on November 11.

Throughout the 1920s, various days in November were selected to observe National Forget-Me-Not Day, including November 11 now established as Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day.   Another well-known Forget-Me-Not Day is September 26th.  Also known as Argonne Day in honor of the decisive battle through the Meuse-Argonne Forest.

Today, the organization that founded National Forget-Me-Not Day is simply the Disabled American Veterans, supporting all disabled veterans.

The Knox County Veteran’s Service Office is a wonderful resource for veterans and their families.

Their Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Knox County Veterans Services Office and its officers is to provide eligible veterans and their families with those benefits to which they may be entitled under federal, state and local law, in accordance with established policies and procedures.

Find out more about their services on their website. Click HERE.

There are several events happening TOMORROW for Veteran’s Day.

East Knox Local School’s annual Veterans Day Breakfast and Assembly will be Friday November 11, beginning at 8:30 in the High School Cafeteria. If you have any questions, please call Chip Pozderac at 740-599-7000 ext. 2035

Fredericktown Schools will be honoring local Veterans again this year.  The High School/Middle School Assembly will be held at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Friday, November 11th.  Veterans  should arrive between 8:15 and 8:45 so that they have time to view several military vehicles on display, walk through a hallway of honor prepared by elementary students and enjoy some light refreshments before the assembly. The assembly will last approximately an hour.  Local physician and Veteran, Dr. Aaron Wilson, will be the guest speaker.  All veterans welcome.  RSVP to Fredericktown High School at 740-694-2726.  Should there be a fog delay, the assembly will be held in the afternoon at 1:00 pm.


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