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At the triangle of Jerusalem, Bradshaw and Bel Air Roads Kingsville, Maryland

Held Annually for 39 Years

 

THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2019

 

NO RAIN DATE

2019 Theme:

UNITED WE STAND

2019 Grand Marshals

Bill and Mary Jo Button

2019 Grand Marshals Bill & Mary Jo Button

Every year, the Parade honors an individual (or occasionally, individuals) who exhibit the grass-roots ideals the parade exemplifies of service to the community, devotion to family, and love of country. A Grand Marshal is nominated by members of the community and is honored on Parade Day by leading the Parade in a convertible and by official recognition from the reviewing stand and in the Parade Book.

Mary Jo and Bill Button are the 2019 Grand Marshals of the Kingsville Independence Day Parade. Between them, they have decades of consistent service to the community’s religious, civic and cultural activities.

Bill and Mary Jo built their dream home and moved to Kingsville in 1978.  They soon joined St. Stephen Catholic Church and were recruited to the Altar Society and the Greeters Ministry.  Later, they were elected to the Pastoral Council and eventually became Co-Chairs of the Council.  They also serve as Eucharist Ministers.

Prompted by Mary Francis Shepherd and Eleanor Huson, the Buttons became members of the Greater Kingsville Civic Association, later serving as officers and on the Board of Directors.  Harry Sanders and Francis Bell convinced them to become life members of the Friends of Jerusalem Mill where they served on the Board of Directors and eight years as the Mill Treasurer. 

For over 20 years, Mary Jo and Bill helped plan and decorate the Community Christmas Tree located in the Kingsville Triangle.

Bill and Mary Jo have been integral members of the Independence Day Parade Committee for several decades. With a little nudging from Bud Huson, Bill succeeded in arranging the flyovers of Air Force A-10 “Warthog” Jets for our Parade. 

Both Mary Jo and Bill are retired.  Bill retired after serving 25 years in the United States Air Force and then served with the Maryland 175th Air National Guard Unit based at Martin State Airport.  Mary Jo taught third grade for 15 years, and later started a 40-year career as a Realtor and Real Estate manager. She began her real estate career with Russell T. Baker & Company and for 20 years managed the White Marsh Office of Long & Foster Real Estate.   She is currently licensed with the Perry Hall Long and Foster office.

They have a huge family, and many great and loyal friends.  But, most of all, Mary Jo and Bill Button love their life in the beautiful village of Kingsville.