MOUNT VERNON — Heroes.

On Memorial Day, heroes who fought for freedom and democracy are celebrated.

But for Bob Monette, a US Army veteran who served in Vietnam, heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

“We can never forget the sacrifice of our countrymen who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Monette said during a Memorial Day celebration in Mount Vernon on Monday. “But not all heroes wear capes and heroes don’t always have a chest full of medals. There are heroes all around us today.

“They are parents, teachers, firefighters, paramedics. There are unsung heroes around you today. I pray that you continue to be heroes to your family, friends, community and country.”

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  • Virgil Shipley/News Utica Memorial Day ceremonies were held beside the American Legion Post Monday morning. Spectators gathered nearby in the shade of the tall spreading shade tree while the Utica Boy Scout Troop took part in the service.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Jim Gibson, Knox County Historical Society, speaks to a gathered crowd at the Memorial Building re-dedication ceremony on Monday. Gibson shared the history of the Knox County Memorial Building, from it’s corner stone being laid in 1923, its use during the 1953 floods and the many people from outside Knox County that have visited the Memorial Building.
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  • Pam Schehl/News Waiting for the Memorial Day service to begin on Monday at Forest Cemetery are, from left, American Legion Auxiliary representative Joyce Pence, Gold Star family members Betty Grant and Carolyn Fearn, and American Legion Representative Dick Tanner.
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  • Joshua Morrison/News The 2017 Mount Vernon Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal, Mel Helmich, right, waves to those who gathered on High Street on Monday to watch the parade.
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  • Nick Sabo/News American Legion Post 650 members, from left, David Greer, active U.S. Serviceman Nicholas Stover with the 638th ASB  and Jim Shultz stand in their places prior to the start of Memorial Day ceremonies in Danville.
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  • Joshua Morrison/News The 2017 Mount Vernon Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal, Mel Helmich, right, waves to those who gathered on High Street on Monday to watch the parade.
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  • During the re-dedication ceremony of the Memorial Building, Mount Vernon High School student, Abigayle Kuhn played Taps at the finale.
  • Samantha Scoles/News An unidentified U.S. Army soldier salutes as the Highland High School band plays the national anthem during Monday’s Memorial Day service at Bloomfield Cemetery.
  • Bob Monette, US Army retired, spoke during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Memorial Building on Monday. Monette touched on the themes of courage and sacrifice in his speech.
  • Chuck Martin/News Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Troop and Pack 382 place commemorative wreaths at the Memorial Day ceremony in Centerburg’s Eastview Cemetery on Monday.
  • Joshua Morrison/News The Knox County Career Center AFJROTC served as the color guard for the 2017 Memorial Day Parade in Mount Vernon on Monday.

 

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