Miller, Hapney are the voice of the Memorial Day Parade

Published 8:03 am Saturday, May 26, 2018

For two decades, J.B. Miller and Terry L. Hapney Jr. have been the voice of the Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade.

The duo began doing broadcasts in 1998 when the gasoline was $1.15, and Titanic was dominating the box office.

Miller and Hapney are longtime radio colleagues and friends. Last year, they added their friend, Jason Toy, to the broadcasting mix, enabling additional coverage of the parade from the street.

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Parade organizer Lou Pyles said the committee that plans and organizes the parade appreciates the work they do for the parade broadcast.

“This parade is near and dear to our hearts,” she said. “We appreciate them greatly. They broadcast the parade. They’re our hometown people. They make our parade successful.  Everybody enjoys watching and listening to them.”

Miller said he is “honored” to be a part of this historic event.

“It’s great to be behind a microphone, talking about our veterans and our community, with thousands worldwide enjoying it live through Facebook,” Miller said.

Hapney said the joy he receives from co-anchoring the parade with Miller is paying tribute to the many veterans whose service ensures freedom in the U.S.

“My grandfather was one of those who made a major sacrifice by fighting in five major battles in the Pacific in the Navy during World War II. I’m thankful for Papaw and all of those who have served the U.S. — many of whom never came back,”” Hapney said.

While tens of thousands of people are expected for the parade at 10 a.m. on Monday, thousands more will watch the live parade webcast via the Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade Facebook page, produced by David Lucas Communication of Ironton.