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Manassas, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Harry J. Parrish

Harry J. Parrish Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 5, 2020
1. Harry J. Parrish Marker
Harry J. Parrish—The Man. Harry Jacob Parrish was born February 22, 1922 and has made Manassas his lifelong home. He attended Prince William county schools, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Wofford college, and schools of the US Air Force. Hs military service of almost three decades began is 1943 with the US Army Air Corps and ended with retirement from the US Air Force in 1971 with the took of Colonel and many military commendations. During World War II, he was one of the legendary pilots who “few the hump” on many supply missions between India and China. Later tours took him to Germany and Viet Nam. He also few with the Presidential Squadron, serving President Eisenhower in 1952–53.

In 1944, he married his sweetheart, Mattie H. Cannon, and today, they are proud parents of two adult children, Hal and Judy, and grandparents of three children. Harry is Chairman of the Board of Manassas Ice and Fuel Co. (MIFCO), an Old Town business started by his father in 1922.

Harry J. Parrish—The Legacy. Following in his father’s local government footsteps, Harry served on the Manassas
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Town Council from 1951 to 1963; served as Mayor from 1963 to 1975, in which year, he led the move from town to city status; and continued as Mayor of the City of Manassas until 1981. In that year, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and has been elected every two years since. His seniority and integrity have earned him the coveted chairmanship of the House Finance committee.

Over the decades, Harry has been actively involved in many Manassas-area civic organizations. He is especially proud of the Manassas Volunteer Fire Department and the Prince William Hospital. He joined the fire department in 1948 and today, more than half a century later, he is a contributing senior member of that organization. Harry was a founding member of the Prince William Hospital and served on the board for several decades.

Harry’s leadership and contributions have earned his many prestigious honors. Among them, he was chosen “Man of the Century – Living” in 1973 by the City of Manassas; he and Mattie were selected as Grand Marshall of the 50th annual Manassas Christmas Parade in 1995; and in September 2001, local government and civic leaders honored him for 80 consecutive years of elected service to the Greater Manassas community.

Throughout his 50+ years of dedicated community service, Harry has been recognized for his Intelligence, his
Harry J. Parrish Town Hall, Manassas, Virginia image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2006
2. Harry J. Parrish Town Hall, Manassas, Virginia
Brass tablet marker is to the left of the door.
integrity, his energy, and his unfailing dedication to the principles of good governance. This recognition took on lasting meaning when the Manassas City Council named this building (the former fire hall and former town hall), the “Harry J. Parrish Town Hall” in September 1999. The creation and installation of this plaque followed the construction of a new cupola in the Fall of 2002.
Erected 2002.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceCharity & Public WorkScience & MedicineWar, VietnamWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1861.
Location. 38° 45.071′ N, 77° 28.234′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Center Street (Virginia Route 28) and East Street, on the right when traveling west on Center Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Steam Locomotive Tire Fire Alarm – 1909 (here, next to this marker); The Right to Vote (a few steps from this marker); Wartime Manassas (a few steps from this marker); Manassas 1906
Harry J. Parrish image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Fuchs, June 10, 2006
3. Harry J. Parrish
Close up of brass bas-relief found on marker.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Defenses of Manassas (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
Regarding Harry J. Parrish. Mr. Parrish died March 28, 2006, while serving his 13th term in the Virginia legislature.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,090 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 5, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2. submitted on November 19, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on November 19, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 2, 2023