Mid-Ohio Valley to mark Veterans Day
PARKERSBURG — A number of parades and ceremonies are planned for Saturday in honor of Veterans Day throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley.
* The Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley in Parkersburg will hold its annual Veterans Day open house from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at 1829 Seventh St. in Parkersburg.
The Daughters of the American Revolution will help with refreshments. The event is open to the public.
* In Parkersburg, the Parkersburg Veterans Day program will begin with a parade from Parkersburg High School to City Park at 10 a.m. Saturday. Units will begin lining up at PHS at 9:30 a.m., organizers said.
The parade will include area high school marching bands and representatives from various local veterans organizations, among others. The route will follow Washington Avenue from the high school to the Veterans Memorial Plaza in City Park. This year’s parade marshal will be the late Doug McLain, an Air Force veteran and retired police officer, organizers said.
The ceremony in City Park will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and will feature speeches from local dignitaries and other visitors. The guest speaker will be Fletcher Lamkin, the outgoing president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg. In addition to his academic accomplishments, he is a graduate from West Point and graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College.
Among his military decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, an Achievement Medal and Airborne and Ranger qualifications.
The ceremony will also include a wreath laying, a rifle salute and “Taps.” Open houses will be held at the various veterans organizations in Parkersburg following the ceremony, which will be open to everyone. AMVETS Post 34 at 1415 Garfield Ave. will have a luncheon after the parade, which will be open to everyone.
Following the parade and service in Parkersburg, the Carlin’s Battery D Civil War re-enactors will hold their annual Veterans Day open house at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort Boreman Hill Historic Park cabin.
The cannon will be fired, there will be Civil War history displays and other activities.
AMVETS Post 34 at 1415 Garfield Ave. will have a luncheon after the Veterans Day Parade, which will be open to everyone.
* In Vienna, a Veterans Day Service will be noon Saturday at the Gold Star Memorial at Spencer’s Landing at 28th Street and River Road. Speakers will include Mayor Randy Rapp, Paul Thornton, Greg Smith, Greg Hoover and Jim Miracle.
* In Marietta, the annual Marietta Veterans Day Parade will be 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Marietta.
The parade will form at 9 a.m. at Fourth and Butler streets. It will travel Fourth Street to Putnam Street, then on to Front Street and the Veterans Memorial in Muskingum Park, where it will conclude with a program. It is open to all veterans.
Refreshments will be available at the American Legion and at VFW post homes in Marietta following the parade and ceremony.
* In Ripley, special guests, a Military Honor March and huge balloons are planned in appreciation of veterans during the 10 a.m. parade on Saturday in Ripley.
This year’s parade marshals are relatives of the late 2nd Lt. Clarence Dragoo. A bomber navigator during World War II, his plane went down in Northern Italy in 1945. Dragoo was 21 at the time. His remains were recently recovered, identified and laid to rest at Independence Cemetery in his hometown of Sandyville.
Hundreds of veterans from the Revolutionary War through current soldiers are recognized during the annual Military Honor March in Ripley. Large photo posters of veterans are carried by soldiers, family members and students from Ripley High and Ripley Middle schools. Contact Ripley City Hall (304-372-3482) for information on acquiring a poster.
New this year are large parade balloons depicting the Statue of Liberty and patriotic star, according to Mayor Carolyn Rader.
Marching bands from Ravenswood and Ripley high schools are participating. The route will be from Ripley High along South Church Street (Route 21) to West Main Street (Route 33). It concludes along North Maple Street adjacent to the Jackson County Courthouse.
A ceremony near the Veterans Memorial on the courthouse lawn begins at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Thom Kirk, former superintendent of the West Virginia State Police and current Deputy Secretary and General Counsel of the state’s Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.
Music is being provided by West Virginian Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. The Logan native has performed nationally since winning TV’s American Idol competition.
The hour-long documentary “Vietnam: West Virginia Remembers” is showing at 2 p.m. Sunday in the historic Alpine Theatre. Admission is free and donations are being accepted for Jackson County’s Hunting Heroes program.