The annual United Veterans of Blount County Memorial Day program will be held Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m. at RIO Revolution, 3419 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville.

Guest speaker will be retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael DeLorenzo, is professor emeritus at the Air Force Academy with more than 37 years of aerospace engineering experience. He was head of the Department of Astronautics at the academy for 10 years.

DeLorenzo earned bachelor degrees in astronautical engineering and engineering science from the academy. He earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University and a doctorate in control systems from Purdue University.

During his 32-year Air Force career, DeLorenzo was a test engineer; instructor; professor; deputy director of flight dynamics test at Arnold Engineering and Development Center, now Arnold Air Force base, in Tullahoma, Tennessee; chief of Wright Laboratory’s Advanced Guidance Division and acting chief scientist for Wright Laboratories Armament Directorate. He also served as vice commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where he directed day-to-day operations for a research workforce of 8,800.

During the Memorial Day program, a bridge will be dedicated to Lance Cpl. Oscar Robert Parrott.

Maryville-native Parrott was born Aug. 8, 1946, and served in the Marines for one year. He worked as a tank crewman in B Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division and was killed at the age of 20 on May 4, 1967, in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. He is buried in Knoxville National Cemetery.

Signs will be placed this week in his honor at the Lance Cpl. Oscar Robert Parrott Memorial Bridge, off Middlesettlements Road on Scarlett Oaks Road over Lackey Creek.

Bob has served in a variety of roles since joining The Daily Times in the 90s. He currently is editor of the business section. When someone gets promoted, retires or gets hired at a new job in Blount County, he's the man to email.

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