Monticello will pay tribute to veterans and active duty military with a day-long celebration on May 20.

This day of celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a parade on North Main Street. The parade route will begin at First Baptist Church and continue around the town square and down South Main Street before taking a right onto West Bolling Street and continuing to McCloy Park. The parade will then cross U.S. 425 South and continue to Scogin Drive to the Monticello Middle School.

“We ask that everyone come out to salute and honor our local active military and veterans on this day,” said Sherry Knight, a visual arts teacher at Monticello Middle School. “Please line the streets with red, white and blue along with flags to show them the homecoming that many of them didn’t receive, and our patriotism as a community.”

At noon, there will be a premiere of a student-produced documentary and a student art exhibit at the Monticello Middle School Auditorium. Seating is limited. The documentary was produced by Monticello Middle School EAST students and the artwork was created by Monticello Middle School art students. The art will have a QR code linked to each veteran’s complete interview and will be gifted to the veteran. Each veteran will receive a copy of his or her interview and a copy of the documentary. The veteran interviews will be donated to the Library of Congress.

The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association will provide entertainment after the documentary.

The day of celebration will conclude with a meet and greet with veterans and active duty military at Monticello Middle School immediately following the entertainment.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

10:30 a.m.
Parade – North Main to Monticello Middle School.

12:00 – 1:15
Documentary, Art Exhibit, Speakers. Monticello Middle School Auditorium.

1:15 – 1:30
Break

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Entertainment provided by Southeast Arkansas Concert Association at Monticello Middle School Auditorium.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Meet and Greet veterans and active duty military at Monticello Middle School.