Parades highlight of Memorial Day weekend

Elias Hubbard
May 24, 2018

PARKERSBURG - Several communities in the Mid-Ohio Valley will be celebrating Memorial Day with parades and ceremonies during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The ceremony to retire worn, faded and tattered flags follows. The project was completed with Daryl and Wendy Doyle planting flowers.

3 p.m., Meet at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Biglerville, travel to cemetery for services, music and speaker Robert Weaver, essay victor. May 28 at the gazebo on the Canfield Village Green.

Retired Colonel Bob Wetterstroem will serve as this year's keynote speaker for the Gallipolis Memorial Day Parade and ceremony.

Mary Day Smith, post adjutant, said all veterans are invited to attend and visit the post, which is the oldest in the state. During his 30 years of service, he spent 18 years in FA assignments including: Battery Executive Officer of three howitzer batteries at Fort Cambpell, Ky., Commander of two howitzer batteries in Vietnam (including all four caliber of FA weapons: 105 mm, 155 mm, 175 mm and eight inch in the Army inventory), Commander of a 175 mm battery in the 5th Battalion of the 28th Field Artillery, Commander of the 5th/28 FA Battalion for four years and Commander of the 428th Field Artillery Brigade for three years. In the case of inclement weather, services will be held in Oval United Methodist Church.

The AMVETS Memorial Day Parade will be held this Saturday, May 26, in downtown Point Pleasant. The event is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m., but the VFW volunteers are not expected to begin the ceremony until around noon, depending on the timing of the many ceremonies they will conduct that morning.

- The Korean War Veterans of Hudson County will be honoring all veterans tomorrow at the Korean War Monument at Washington and Dudley Street at 10 a.m.

The Pennsylvania State Mounted Police will lead the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Monday near the American Legion and marches through Beech Creek, stopping on the bridge for a Memorial Day ceremony before continuing through Blanchard. Bridget Hilliard, a fifth grader from Minerva Elementary School, will recite the Gettysburg Address.

The Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum in Carson Park is open from 10 4:30 p.m. Air Force veteran Roger Menchofer is this year's special speaker and music and song will be provided by the Hayes family and Greg Jones. Congregational singing follows. Ice cream will be served. He earned his Navy "Wings of Gold" as a helicopter pilot in 2010.

Friday the American Legion Post 11 in Florence will be hosting an open house and Veterans Appreciation Day from 11 1 the post, located at 318 S. Court St.

Memorial and decoration ceremonies will be Saturday at 10:30 and 11 a.m., respectively, at Lakeview and Forest Hill cemeteries. A parade will form at the A1 Processing parking lot, 325 W. Main St., Washingtonville.

Plymouth American Legion, will sponsor Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Parade participants may include patriotic floats or decorated vehicles, antique cars and tractors, kids on decorated bicycles, riding horses that can be controlled in a parade setting, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little League teams and military service members. Please join us as we honor our veterans, both past and present. For service to his country, Ferraro was awarded the American Defense Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal and WW II Victory Medal. The Chippewa Falls High School and McDonell High School bands will provide music, and other speakers include Chippewa Falls Mayor Greg Hoffman, Peter Herron, Simon Arneberg and Kaitlyn Ortmann. Following the service, a wreath-laying ceremony will be held at Oakdale Cemetery in Leetonia at the grave site on Medal of Honor recipient Ralph E. Dias. The Memorial Day activities are sponsored by York Drexler Post 5532, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Washingtonville and Joe Williams Post 131, American Legion, Leetonia.

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