PARKERSBURG - A number of parades and ceremonies are planned for Monday in honor of Veterans Day throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Prior to the holiday, the Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley in Parkersburg will hold a Veterans Day Cookout beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Park on West Virginia 31, near the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport.
The event is free to veterans and active duty military service members. There will be food, activities, entertainment and static displays by local units.
On Monday, the museum will hold its sixth annual Veterans Day open house from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1829 Seventh St. in Parkersburg. Soft drinks, tours and snacks will be available.
The Parkersburg Veterans Day program will begin with a parade from Parkersburg High School to City Park at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Units will begin lining up at PHS at 9 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.
The ceremony in City Park will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature speeches from local dignitaries and other visitors. There will also be a wreath laying, a rifle salute and "Taps."
A breakfast to honor veterans will be held 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Belpre Senior Center. The guest speaker will be Gifford Doxsee, former prisoner of war captured during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.
He also is a retired history professor from Ohio University.
Open houses will be held at the various veterans organizations in Parkersburg following the ceremony, 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 from 1-3 p.m. Monday at Fort Boreman Hill Historic Park cabin. The cannon will be fired, there will be Civil War history displays and other activities.
In addition to the parade and open house on Monday, battery captain Jim Miracle said Carlin's Battery D will also be participating in the re-dedication of the Neale-Cook Cemetery in Vienna at 9 a.m. Saturday and in the Veterans Day cookout at Veterans Park on Sunday.
At 7 p.m. today in the Roberts Chapel in the Stotts Administration Building at Ohio Valley University, Ken Wells, who spent 16 months as a POW in North Vietnam after ejecting from an F-4 fighter jet, will discuss the freedom he found in God while in prison.
In Marietta, the annual Marietta Veterans Day Parade will be 10 a.m. Monday in downtown Marietta.
The parade will form at 9:30 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, concluding with a program by Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews. It is open to all veterans.
Meals will be available at the American Legion and at VFW post homes in Marietta following the parade and ceremony.
Also in Marietta, Veterans Appreciation Day will be 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday at Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second St. Admission is free to veterans.
There will be a special program from 2-3 p.m. featuring local re-enactor Debra Conner as Dr. Mary Walker. The program, which is being presented by the museum and the Washington County Public Library, is free and open to the public.
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker served during the Civil War as an assistant surgeon in the Union Army, becoming the only woman to do so. While crossing enemy lines to tend Confederate civilians along the Tennessee/Georgia border, she was captured and sent to a Confederate prison camp for four months in 1864. One year later, President Andrew Johnson awarded her the Medal of Honor for her devotion to tending sick and wounded soldiers. She remains the only woman ever to receive that honor.
For more information contact Campus Martius Museum at (740) -373-3750 or www.campusmartiusmuseum.org.
In Ripley, the fourth annual Ripley Veterans Day Parade will be 10 a.m. Monday from Ripley High School to the Jackson County Courthouse lawn. Following the parade, a Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the courthouse.
In Spencer, a Veterans Dinner will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Heritage Park Community Building. All veterans are invited to attend. For more information, contact 304-927-1640.
The Bethel Worship Center in Tuppers Plain will hold a special ceremony during its regular worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday for servicemen and first responders and their families this Sunday.