On Aug. 10, 1819 the city of Palmyra was platted by Obadiah Dickerson and Moses Bates. 

This was two years before Missouri became a state and our country was only 43 years old. James Monroe was the fifth President of the United States.

On Aug. 10, 2019 Palmyra will have a birthday party celebrating its 200 year anniversary.

A committee of about 12 to 15 people have been meeting over the last six to eight months to plan activities for the bicentennial celebration. 

It is amazing how things have changed over the last 50 years when the whole town was involved in the sesquicentennial celebration.

The committee has asked for help from the community but have had very few volunteers.

I am writing to ask for your participation in the upcoming events.

Some ideas are to decorate your store front windows with a bicentennial theme during the month of July and August, participate in the bicentennial parade on Aug. 10. 

Build a float for the parade, put a vehicle in the parade or any other ideas you come up with.

The Bicentennial Ball is schedule for July 13 at the American Legion. Have you purchased your tickets yet? The cost for the tickets will go up after  July 6. 

The Gateway City Big Band will provide the music. This band consist of a 17 person orchestra. 

Also on that date the American Legion will be celebrating their 100-year anniversary. If you are not a dancer then please come to just enjoy the music.

The birthday celebration will be on Aug. 10. Activities on that day are a pancake/sausage breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. at the fire station, 

The parade will be at 10  a.m., ceremony at the courthouse after the parade including speeches from invited dignitaries, judging the beard contest.

Events will be held throughout the day in Flower City Park, including a corn hole tournament, a beer garden sponsored by Palmyra Jaycee’s, food, music, ping ball drop, and other activities.

We will also be auctioning a Sesquicentennial 30/30 commemorative rifle that has been donated to the city.

Please share your ideas to help make this celebration something to remember for years in the future.

Loren Graham