MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County area will be holding several programs and events for Memorial Day.
At Bloomfield Cemetery, the Memorial Day service will be Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m. Invocation and benediction will be given by Jeff Deel from The Glory Baptist Church. Trustee Daniel Harris will be there to introduce the speaker, trustee Jacob Rutherford.
The event will also feature the Highland High School Marching Band, the ROTC Color Guard and Marengo American Legion Post 710.
Brandon’s Memorial Day observance begins on Sunday, May 26, with a parade at 1:30 p.m. There will be a brief ceremony in the cemetery followed by a service in the Baptist Church. Daryl Gruver, a retired specialist in the U.S. Army from 1969-71, is the scheduled speaker. Gruver is a business professor and department chairman at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Centerburg celebrates Memorial Day on Monday, May 27. The parade forms at the post office at 10:30 a.m. and proceeeds to East View Cemetery where services will begin at 11 a.m.
Danville’s Memorial Day parade forms at the square at 10 a.m., Monday, May 27, with a ceremony at Memorial Park immediately following the parade.
Fredericktown’s Memorial Day celebration beigns on Monday, May 27 with assembly on Public Square at 9:30 a.m. There will be a flag raising at 9:45 followed by the National Anthem, invocation and laying of the wreath. At 10 a.m. the parade heads off to Forrest Cemetery for the formal service and Memorial Day address by Rev. Gary Campbell.
Mount Vernon observes Memorial Day on Monday, May 27. An opening parade forms at East High and George streets at 10:30 a.m. and circles Public Square, where the remembrance ceremonies will take place. The scheduled speaker is Chief Craig Cox, USAF, Ret./JROTC.
The Traditional Memorial Day celebration will be held at Mound View Cemetery at approximately noon. Members of the Gen. Banning Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will host a short program and the traditional decorating of veterans’ graves with flowers.
Utica’s Memorial Day celebration begins Monday, May 27, at 8 a.m. Members of the American Legion Post will be holding short memorial services at five cemeteries in the area, then return to the post for a ceremony at 11 a.m.