Bicentennial Celebration To Open With Special Recognitions

Area veterans and some special Greenville residents will be honored during the opening ceremony of the Greenville Bicentennial on Saturday, September 5. While the weekend’s activities will launch with the Run Through Time 5K at 8 a.m., the ceremonial kick-off gets underway at 9 a.m. on the Bradford National Bank Main Stage.

John Heston, a lifelong Greenville resident, will give the opening prayer followed by a performance of the National Anthem by Emily Gaffner, a member of the Greenville High School class of 2015. Bicentennial chairman Rex Catron and Mayor Alan Gaffner will share some comments and read proclamations saluting Greenville’s 200th birthday.

A special postal cancellation featuring the Bicentennial logo will be unveiled during the opening ceremony. Beginning that morning, the cancellation may be requested for free at the Greenville post office for the next 30 days.

Greenville’s oldest citizen, newest citizen, and longest married couple will be introduced and presented certificates honoring their status. Newest citizen is the baby born closest to the registration deadline. To be considered for these honors, you must live in the 62246 zip code and provide a copy of the applicable birth certificate or marriage certificate. To be considered for recognition you must submit the proper information by September 1 to the Greenville Bicentennial, PO Box 283, or submit paperwork to Pat Kious at The First National Bank.

As the opening ceremony concludes, Greenville Elementary School students, under the direction of Kim Lugge, will perform the first concert of the weekend at 9:30 a.m. A salute to area veterans begins at 10 a.m.

Coordinated by the Military Moms of Bond County, the program will salute over 100 local men and women, past and present, who have served in the military. These veterans will receive a commemorative book and a VIP card providing discounts to area businesses.

All of these events will take place on the main stage or in front of it. The stage can be found on First Street facing the Bradford National Bank parking lot. Limited seating is available for the opening ceremony and all Bicentennial activities. Those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair to the Bicentennial. For a full schedule and other information about the celebration, click HERE.

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