FREDERICKTOWN — Veterans from all across Knox County gathered at the Fredericktown Community Park on Saturday afternoon for the 14th annual Knox County Veterans Picnic. Formerly conducted each year in Mount Vernon, the picnic committee decided to rotate the picnic around to different locations across the county, with this being the second year it took place in Fredericktown. “We want to make sure all veterans are able to come,” said Kevin Henthorn, committee chairman and director of the Knox County Veterans Service Office, who added they are always looking for donations and volunteers to help with the success of the picnic.
Saturday’s festivities began with Henthorn opening with a prayer, asking for a moment of silence in memory of those who are in harm’s way and those who are no longer with us. Henthorn led the Pledge of Allegiance before all saluted the American flag during playing of
“The Star-Spangled Banner.”
A fried chicken dinner with all the fixin’s followed for all the veterans and their families. A playground and Sockman Lake kept many of the youngsters busy while the veterans spent time swapping stories and catching up on lost time with old friends.
“It’s a family reunion type of thing for the veterans,” said Henthorn about the annual event. “It’s been growing and is now a big success.”
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