Date and Start Time
Monday, May 28th, 11:30am the annual Park Hills Memorial Day Parade steps off.
The Park Hills Civic Association and the City of Park Hills sponsor the annual Parade and Flag Raising Ceremonies.
The parade forms between 10:30 and 11:20am, off Dixie Highway in Park Hills at the Notre Dame Academy parking lot.
Parade Lineup and Assistance
Parade Officials will assist parade participants in finding assigned row and lineup number at the entrance to the Notre Dame Academy’s parking lot.
Signs will be set on Dixie Highway directing participants into Notre Dame Academy.
Participants should look for parade officials positioned at the top of the hill, the entrance to the parking lot, to assist in finding position in the parade line-up.
Parade Entry and Registration, Adrienne Gallagher
Parade entries include
elected State, County, and City officials;
fire and police departments;
military vehicles and personnel;
100 person marching band;
local school youth and sport groups;
local music groups;
neighborhood entries, etc.
The parade follows Dixie Highway to Arlington Road, to Old State Road, to Terrace Drive, to Amsterdam Road, to Park Drive.
Parade Grand Marshall
John H. Klette, Jr. and Arthur “Art” Unruh are this years Grand Marshalls.
Klette is a 100 year old Park Hills resident
Unruh is 97 years old, and is traveling from Arlington, Washington.
Klette and Unruh were awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in combat.
Klette was the co-pilot and Unruh the rear-gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress.
Their 7-plane squadron was attacked by 70 Nazi fighters.
The citation listed the plane as having sustained 600 direct hits upon landing.
“Best Parade Entry” Prize
DMR Kitchen and Bath Remodeling will award a $100 cash prize to the best parade entry from a Park Hills group.
DMR Kitchen and Bath Remodeling is owned by Dave Russo and based in Park Hills.
Flag Raising Ceremony
A flag raising ceremony follows the parade at Trolley Park at the intersection of Amsterdam Road and Park Drive.
2018 Parade Grand Marshals Klette and Unruh will be honored and presented with a medal commemorating their valiant service.
A US flag that has flown over our nation's capital will be presented to the City.
Flower displays will be placed at the base of the commemorative markers honoring the Park Hills residents who have given their lives in war.
Annual Essay Contest
[Number of entrants ] students from local elementary schools have submitted Memorial Day themed essays to a contest.
$50 1st place, ride in parade, read essay
$25 2nd place, ride in parade
Participating 4th and 5th grades
Ft. Wright Elementary School
St. Agnes School
Food and Beverages
Monday, May28th Memorial Day
Klette and Unruh at the Highlands Cemetery
2167 Dixie Hwy, Ft Wright, KY 41017
30 min. ceremony
honoring them and all fallen service men.
Klette is on the board of directors.
Unruh to parking lot of Notre Dame Academy
1699 Hilton Dr., Park Hills, KY. 41011.
Staging area Park HIlls Memorial Day Parade
Klette to home, and
later escorted to the ceremonies directly following the parade
intersection of Park Dr. and Amsterdam Rd,
adjacent to Trolley Park,
in the center of Park Hills,
where the parade concludes and the ceremonies begin.
The Parade starts promptly at 11:30am.
Note: the Parade will occur rain or shine.
Notre Dame to Dixie Highway
Old State Road to Terrace Drive,
Amsterdam Road to Rose Circle Road.
Flag Raising Ceremonies start immediately following the parade.
at intersection of Amsterdam Road and Park Drive
Parade concludes and the Grand Marshall introductions,
flag-raising ceremonies begin.
Book Signing afterwards of Unruh’s Book entitled; “The Shadow Casters”
Light lunch with USAF representatives.
Tuesday, May 29th
Unruh’s visit to the Air Force Museum.
Dinner with Ruth and group.
Wednesday, May 30th
Art Unruh to depart CVG to SEA
Delta flight #1885
Art Unruh lands SEA
Delta flight #1099