Claremore Daily Progress

November 3, 2012

Veterans Day: Parade to honor those who served

Tom Fink
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and Oklahoma Aide de Camp for the Southern Division of the United States Marine Corp League, Marty McKnight will be in Claremore Friday as parade marshals for the seventh annual Claremore Veteran’s Day parade.  

McKnight of Tulsa is also the Commandant of the Albert E. Schwab Detachment in Tulsa of the Marine Corps League and past Commandant of the Department of Oklahoma Marine Corp League.  
He will serve with Lt. Gov. Lamb as the Grand Marshal.
Lamb was elected in 2010 after serving as a state senator for eight years from Edmond.  
He was a U.S. secret service agent under President Clinton and G.W. Bush. Lamb was a member of Governor Keating's staff and has a law degree from Oklahoma City University.
“Everything is shaping up to be the biggest and best parade we have ever held,” said Jim Smith, president of Musgrove-Merriott-Smith, parade and flag retirement ceremony sponsor. “Lt. Governor Lamb and Marty (McKnight) are great examples of service to our country. We encourage all present and past military personnel to attend the parade and the flag retirement ceremony.”
The Claremore and Inola High School Junior R.O.T.C. units perform a flag retirement ceremony at 9 a.m., Friday at the gun museum.
Speakers at the flag retirement ceremony include, Lamb, Claremore Mayor Mickey Perry, Oklahoma State Sen. Sean Burrage and State Rep.  Marty Quinn, both of Claremore. 
“I really encourage all school children and their parents to attend this flag retirement ceremony,” Smith said. “This is a terrific to teach them about what the United States flag symbolizes and well as the sacrifice so many people have given to make our nation free.”
Marching bands are schedule top perform down Will Rogers Boulevard during the parade. 
Cash prizes will be awarded for the bands in several categories.
Wal-Mart employees will begin the parade by handing out American flags along the parade route.
“As of Saturday afternoon, we have 54 entries for the parade,” Smith said. “If anyone or group would like to enter, they can still participate. 
They just need to come by Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Service at 102 West Fifth Street or go by the Davis Museum at 5th and J.M. Davis Blvd for an application or call (918) 829-9610.”
All applications are free but must be turned in by Wednesday.
The Veterans Day parade begins at 11:11 a.m. Friday at the Claremore Expo and travel east down Will Rogers Boulevard ending at the First Baptist Church parking lot.