Marietta marks Veterans Day
MARIETTA – Marching in tandem to the beat of Marietta High School’s Wall of Sound, honor guards, Civil War reenactors and veterans from all of the U.S. Armed Forces filed down Putnam Street to the memorials in East Muskingum Park Monday.
“To participate in something like this is pretty special,” said Marietta Firefighter Steve Hill, after carrying the flags of the different services through the city streets.
Hill walked alongside fellow veterans, recalling not only the service he continues–from first diving for the U.S. Navy to his current role with the department–but also the continued service of 15 other firefighters in the city.
“For the community to understand how many men and women among us have signed up to fight for the freedoms we have, and to have so many turn out today means a lot,” he added, noting all five founding members of the fire department’s honor guard are veterans. They include Matt Hively, U.S. Air Force; Doug Seevers, U.S. Army; Rodney Scott, U.S. Air Force; and Dave Ross, U.S. Marine Corps.
“For me, serving the city is an extension of serving the country,” explained Ross. “There’s just a lot of pride in continuing to serve what you believe in.”
That pride is why Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp said he’s hired four of the nine veterans on the city police force in recent years.
“They bring some very special skills to our department, and they bring a disciplined lifestyle,” said Hupp.
After the parade concluded at the veterans’ memorials in East Muskingum Park, Veterans Service Officer Don King explained to the residents, and more than 40 scouts gathered that the national holiday first began as a recognition of World War I’s armistice.
He explained that the holiday was further expanded to recognize all veterans of all wars by the U.S. Congress on June 1, 1954.
Hupp said he has even tasked one of his newest patrolmen with organizing the police department’s inaugural honor guard.
“Trip Giffin is who I have asked with building that program,” said Hupp, hoping for the department’s debut of the guard at the final parade of 2019 on Nov. 30.