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Veterans Day celebration 'a labor of love'

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The Brandon Scott Mullins Memorial Foundation and Independence Bank are sponsoring an all-day patriotic celebration on Veterans Day.
The Nov. 11 event begins at 8 a.m. and ends about 9 p.m. with a 5K road race, the traditional Veterans Day Parade, a concert and the local premier of “The Noble Heirs,” a mini-documentary about World War II.
“Every year, it gets bigger and better,” Cathy Mullins, director of the memorial foundation, said last week. “It’s a labor of love for us.”
The foundation is named for her son, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 25, 2011.
Cathy Mullins said runners will gather at the Shelton Memorial in Smothers Park at 8 a.m. for the fourth annual Kentucky Remembers 5K run, 1 Mile Walk and the children’s Fun Run for Little Warriors.
Cost for the run and walk is $25.
“We’ve been having about 200 people each year in the 5K,” Mullins said. “That’s what we’re hoping for this year.”
The Fun Run for children 10 and under is free.
A free hot breakfast is being provided by the VFW Post 696 Auxiliary for the runners.
An all-day silent auction begins at the VFW during breakfast and ends at the RiverPark Center just before the 7 p.m. concert, Mullins said.
The Owensboro-Daviess County Veterans Day Parade begins downtown at 2 p.m.
Soldiers from Fort Campbell and the Kentucky National Guard will march along with local high school bands and Junior ROTC organizations, veterans service organizations and local scouts, Mullins said.
The parade dates back to the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918.
At 7 p.m., the concert begins in the RiverPark Center’s Cannon Hall.
“It’s free and no tickets are required,” Mullins said. “The seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Last year, we had about 1,300 people and it seats 1,400.”
Doors open at 5 p.m.
The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and dancers from Musick Studios will join with Chad Benefield, Jaclyn Graves, Tristan Aud, Emily and Mark Shelton, Tommy and Cathy Mullins and the Kentucky Remembers Chorale in the performance.
The Armed Forces Salute will feature three high school color guards, the Marine Corps League, the Coast Guard, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Civil Air Patrol cadets.
Randy Lanham has gathered 30 fiddlers and guitarists for the grand finale.
Mullins said the “Parade of Nations” will honor local residents who have moved to Owensboro from at least 60 different countries.
Pictures of the families will be shown while the symphony plays “America the Beautiful,” she said.
“America is a country of immigrants,” Mullins said.
“The Noble Heirs,” a 12-minute mini-documentary that was shown at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, will have its local premier at the concert.
John Sargant, who now lives in France, directed the film in 2014 when he lived in Owensboro.
Michael Hicks of Unique Video Productions, Matt Gray of Gray Sky Music and voice-over artist Isabella Wethington also worked on the film about a series of events in France during WWII and the Frenchmen who helped save their country with the help of Allied Forces, Mullins said.
“It brings a piece of history to life,” she said. “It’s pretty awesome.”
Fort Knox is sending 22 pairs of combat boots to the celebration in honor of the 22 active duty and former military members who commit suicide each day, Mullins said.
Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301, ___

This article is written by Keith Lawrence from Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to

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