Veterans Day events planned throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley
PARKERSBURG — A number of parades and ceremonies are planned 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 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 11 at 1829 Seventh St. in Parkersburg. The event is open to the public.
* In Vienna, a Veterans Day Service will be noon Nov. 11 at the Gold Star Memorial at Spencer’s Landing at 28th Street and River Road. Speakers will include Scott Kirby, State Commandant West Virginia Marine Corps League, Jim Miracle, Carlin’s Battery D, and Mayor Randy Rapp.
* In Parkersburg, the Parkersburg Veterans Day program will begin with a parade from Parkersburg High School to City Park at 10 a.m. Nov. 11. 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.
The ceremony in City Park will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 and will feature speeches from local dignitaries and other visitors. The ceremony will also include a wreath laying, a rifle salute and “Taps.” Open houses will be held at participating veterans organizations in Parkersburg following the ceremony, which will be open to everyone.
The names of the parade marshal and guest speaker were not available.
* After participating in the services in Parkersburg and Vienna, the Carlin’s Battery D Civil War re-enactors will hold their annual Veterans Day open house at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at Fort Boreman Hill Historic Park cabin. The cannon will be fired, there will be Civil War history displays and other activities.
* In Marietta, the annual Marietta Veterans Day Parade will be 10 a.m. Nov. 11 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.
* In Ripley, more than 500 who served the nation will be honored during the annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Nov. 11.
Major General Allen E. Tackett is the grand marshal of the 10 a.m. parade and guest speaker at the 11 a.m. ceremony. He served as Adjutant General of the West Virginia Army National Guard and served with Special Forces for 25 years. He received the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal among other awards.
The parade will begin near Ripley High School and proceed along Church and Main streets to the Jackson County Courthouse. The ceremony takes place at the Veterans Memorial on the courthouse lawn with music provided by the Ripley High School Choir.
This year’s Military Honor March salutes more than 500 veterans from Jackson County and across the region. The march is comprised of posters with the names and photos of those who have served from the Revolutionary War to the present.
Wayne Towner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org