JOPLIN, Mo. — Gov. Parson and First Lady of Missouri, Teresa Parson, visit Joplin and Carthage today as part of their weeks-long tour of the state to celebrate the Bicentennial of Missouri.
Gov. Parson will speak at Joplin Route 66 Mural Park, 619 South Main. Carthage visit to follow at the newly restored Jasper County Courthouse, south steps of the courthouse.
Their tour will continue through the year. But a highlight will be the Missouri Bicentennial Inaugural Parade, Joplin News First hopes to broadcast on September 18, 2021.
“We hope that everyone who is able and willing to showcase a piece of Missouri history – whether big or small – is able to join us in the historic Bicentennial Inaugural Parade on September 18,” Gov. Parson said.
- Some entries already registered to participate in the parade include:
- The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales
- Fort Leonard Wood 339th Army Band
- Missouri National Guard Honor Guard
- Missouri State University Pride Marching Band
- Lincoln University Marching Musical Storm
The Missouri State Capitol will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, and will feature historic items for Missourians visiting that day, including:
- Missouri professional sports memorabilia and championship trophies. IE Royals, Cardinals, Chiefs, Rams, Blues.
- Missouri Bicentennial Quilt, each square for each county (114) in the state.
- Missouri Bicentennial Mural, and other art pieces.
Edith Harrington, a World War II United States Cadet Nurse Corps member, is announced as the 2021 Bicentennial Inaugural Parade Grand Marshal.
THE GRAND MARSHAL … Ms. Harrington, 98, was born and raised and has spent the majority of her life in Missouri. She graduated from Atlanta High School in 1937 and enrolled in pre-nursing courses at Kirksville State Teachers College. Ms. Harrington then went on to complete her training at the University of Missouri-Columbia. While at the University of Missouri, she cared for wounded and sick U.S. Navy soldiers at Columbia Hospital.
In 1943, Ms. Harrington joined the United States Cadet Nurse Corps (USCNC). After serving her country and completing the USCNC program, she returned home, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and married her husband, Ward Harrington. Mr. & Ms. Harrington were married for nearly 65 years before his passing, and they lived, worked, and raised their two daughters in Macon. Ms. Harrington resides in Macon to this day and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
For more information on the Bicentennial Inaugural Parade click here.
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