From staff reports
Several communities in the Mid-Ohio Valley will be celebrating Memorial Day with parades and ceremonies during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
In Marietta, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will be sponsoring parades on Monday to honor the military veterans who have died in service.
Each parade will feature local high school bands, local veterans groups and community organizations and local politicians. A memorial service, with rifle salutes and other honors, will be given at the end of each event.
VFW Post 5108 will hold the first program beginning at Harmar Elementary School. After lining up at 7:30 a.m., the parade will start at 8 a.m. from the school and end at Harmar Cemetery, where a 20-minute program will be held in honor of fallen soldiers.
From the cemetery, the crowd will walk to the Putnam Bridge. Another rifle salute will be given for fallen Marine and Navy personnel lost at sea and a flower wreath will be thrown into the Muskingum River.
Also in Marietta, the parade organized by American Legion Post 64 will begin lining up at 9:30 a.m. Monday on Front Street next to East Muskingum Park. The parade will start at 10 a.m. and follow a route along Putnam Street, Fifth Street, Wooster Street and Eighth Street.
During the parade, the units will stop at Mound Cemetery for a brief ceremony.
The final stop will be a ceremony in Oak Grove Cemetery at Eighth and Wooster streets to commemorate those who have passed since the last Memorial Day. There will be a speaker and during the program the names of soldiers who have died since Memorial Day 2013 will be read aloud. The program will include a rifle salute and the reading of the Gettysburg Address and General Logan's orders, which were given during the Civil War and proclaimed Memorial Day.
There will be a flag retirement ceremony at AL Post 64 Home, also at Eighth and Wooster streets, following the ceremony. Anyone with old or worn American flags can bring them to the post for proper disposal. There is a mailbox in the post's lower parking lot where flags can be left at any time during the year.
Lunch will be served at the post following the ceremony and the flag retirement ceremony. VFW Post 5108 will also hold a luncheon following the parades at its location on Pike Street.
In Williamstown, American Legion Post 159 will hold a parade from Tomlinson Park to Riverview Cemetery on Monday at 9 a.m. A ceremony honoring deceased veterans will be held at the cemetery with speakers. There will also be a wreath-laying, a rifle salute and "Taps."
Following the memorial ceremony, everyone is invited to return to the post building on Central Avenue to honor recently deceased post members and for a flag disposal ceremony. Following all ceremonies, a lunch and open house will be held for everyone in attendance.
In Belpre, the annual Memorial Day program will be 11 a.m. Monday at Leavitt Funeral Home in Belpre, at the flagpole and veterans memorial dedicated in 2007 by the funeral home to veterans who have received services there.
The event is organized by American Legion Post 495 and the Ladies Auxiliary in Belpre and will feature speakers, the laying of a wreath, a rifle salute and the playing of "Taps" during the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served at the funeral home.
Following the ceremony, lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the post at 100 Washington Blvd, below the Parkersburg-Belpre Bridge.
In Beverly and Waterford, the annual Memorial Day Parade sponsored by American Legion Post 389 will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at Fort Frye High School with the lineup beginning at 8:30 a.m. Following a brief ceremony at the veterans memorial near the high school, the parade will go along Ohio 60 to the Beverly Cemetery where a memorial ceremony will be held for the veterans buried in the cemetery.
The parade will then move toward Waterford on the other side of the Muskingum River. The parade units will stop for a few minutes on the Beverly-Waterford Bridge while a wreathe and flowers are thrown in the river to honor naval veterans. The parade will end at the Waterford Cemetery with another ceremony for veterans.
The speaker will be Katheryn Tucker, a former captain in the U.S. Army and first vice commander of the post. Following the parade, participants are encouraged to join American Legion Post 389 in Beverly for breakfast.
In Lowell, American Legion Post 750 will hold its annual Lowell Memorial Parade at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Lowell-Adams Volunteer Fire Department. The parade will include visits to the Lowell Veterans Monument, the German Cemetery, Cats Creek Bridge and Greenlawn Cemetery where ceremonies will be held.
Prior to the parade, the post will hold a program at 7:45 a.m. at Our Lady Mercy Church and then attend Mass.