Here is a full list of Memorial Day parades, ceremonies and public events happening in communities across the Mid-Ohio Valley:
Sunday, May 27th at 1:00 P.M. – Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6669 hosts Memorial Day Service at Old Ferry Landing in Ravenswood.
Sunday, May 27th at 2:00 P.M. – Ravenswood Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony.
Monday, May 28th at 11:00 A.M. – Veterans Memorial Day Service on the lawn of Jackson County Courthouse at 100 North Court Street in Ripley.
Saturday, May 26th at 9:00 A.M. - Corps of American Veterans placing flags on U.S. Military Veterans’ graves at Evergreen Cemetery North, at 4800 Emerson Ave, Parkersburg, and then at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, at 36 Society Hill Rd, Mineral Wells.
Saturday, May 26th at 11:00 A.M. - West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner will speak at the 60th Annual Memorial Ceremony at Sunset Memory Gardens, on Dupont Road (WV Route 95), Parkersburg. This event, open to the public, will include a ceremony with patriotic tunes, a military rifle salute, and a roll call of all local veterans who have died since Memorial Day 2017.
Saturday, May 26th at 5:30 P.M. - Dr. Michael J. Rice, an Ohio University administrator and author of the book “The Sumner 7: A History of Sumner High School Parkersburg WV,” will be the guest speaker at the Spring Grove Cemetery Association’s 2018 Memorial Day Program at Zion Baptist Church, 415 East 8th Street, Parkersburg. The group Voices of Triumph will also perform at the event.
Monday, May 28th at 8:00 A.M. - American Legion Post 15 will start with the Posting of the Colors at Post 15 Headquarters, at 2505 Ohio Avenue, Parkersburg.
Monday, May 28th at 10:00 A.M. - American Legion Post 15 full Memorial Day Service at Parkersburg City Park (1920 Park Avenue), featuring Posting of the Colors, a wreath laying, a rifle salute, “Taps,” various speakers, and the reading of names of local veterans who have died since Memorial Day 2017.
Monday, May 28th from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. - The Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley, at 1829 Seventh Street, Parkersburg, will be open for visitors on Memorial Day. Museum admission is free to the public, but donations are appreciated.
Monday, May 28th from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. - Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s Annual Memorial Day Cookout at Parkersburg City Park (1920 Park Avenue), Veterans and their families can get FREE hamburgers, hot dogs, side dishes, desserts, and drinks. A raffle drawing will be held at 3:00 to win a 22 Henry LR - Stop by the Museum, or come to this event, for a raffle ticket.
Monday, May 28th at 9:00 A.M. - American Legion Post 159 Memorial Day Parade, starting at Tomlinson Park (Corner of WV Route 14 and 7th Street) and ending at Riverview Cemetery (4799 Waverly Road) with a ceremony to honor fallen veterans.
Monday, May 28th at 10;30 A.M. - Gallipolis Memorial Day Parade, starting in Downtown Gallipolis and ending at Gallipolis City Park with a ceremony to honor veterans. Any groups interested in participating in this parade should call the service office at 740-446-2005, no later than Friday, May 25.
Monday, May 28th at 10:00 A.M. – The Drew Webster Post #39 of the American Legion will host a Memorial Day event traveling to different cemeteries, including an event at the Pomeroy Levee.
The schedule for this event is as follows:
10 A.M. - Rocksprings Cemetery
10:30 A.M. - Beech Grove Cemetery
11:00 A.M. - Sacred Heart Cemetery
11:30 A.M. – Flag Ceremony on the Bridge of Honor
Noon – Memorial Day Ceremony at the Pomeroy Levee, featuring a speech by U.S. Air Force veteran George Hoffman, and a patriotic concert by Southern High School Marching Band
1:30 P.M. - Meigs Memory Gardens
2 p.m., Chester Cemetery, along with Daughters of the American Revolution and the Southern Band;
2:30 p.m., Hemlock Grove Cemetery
Monday, May 28th at 8:45 A.M. - The Feeney-Bennett Post #128 of the American Legion of Middleport will host a Memorial Day event traveling to different cemeteries, concluding with an event at the Burlingham Cemetery and Burlingham Church.
The schedule for this event is as follows:
8:45 A.M. - Middleport Levy
9:00 A.M. - Middleport Riverview Cemetery
9:15 A.M. - Bradford Cemetery
9:30 A.M. - Middleport Hill Cemetery
10:15 A.M. - Addison Cemetery
10:30 A.M. - Cheshire Gravel Hill Cemetery
11:00 A.M. - Middleport Gravel Hill Cemetery
11:15 A.M. - Stewart-Bennett Park Middleport
12:30 P.M. - Howell Hill Cemetery
1:00 P.M. - Burlingham Church & Cemetery – Honor Guard of Post #128 performs military tribute at cemetery, with service to follow inside Burlingham Church. Speaker will be Air Force veteran Roger Menchofer, with music by Greg Jones and the Hayes Family.
Monday, May 28th at 10:00 A.M. – Memorial Day Ceremony at American Legion Post 602 (715 5th Street, Racine), featuring music by the Southern High School Band and guest speaker David Brainard, a US Navy veteran and the Pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Pomeroy. Refreshments will be served at this event.
Monday, May 28th at 11:00 A.M. - American Legion Post 495 and Belpre Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Day Program at flagpole and Veteran’s Memorial outside Leavitt Funeral Home, 801 Victor Street in Belpre.
Monday, May 28th at 12:30 P.M. – Memorial Day Lunch at American Legion Post 495, at 100 Washington Blvd., below Parkersburg-Belpre Bridge.
Beverly and Waterford:
Monday, May 28th at 9:00 A.M. –American Legion Post 389 Memorial Day Parade will begin at Fort Frye High School, following Ohio Route 60 to Beverly Cemetery, where a ceremony will be held to remember veterans buried in that cemetery. The parade will continue on Route 60 to Waterford, with a brief stop on the Beverly-Waterford bridge, where a wreath and flowers will be thrown into the Muskingum River to honor U.S. Naval Veterans. The parade will end at Waterford Cemetery with another ceremony to honor veterans buried there.
Monday, May 28th at 10:00 A.M. – American Legion Post 750 Lowell Memorial Parade, starting at Lowell-Adams Volunteer Fire Department, at 223 Lock Street in Lowell. Parade will include ceremonies at Lowell Veterans Monument, the German Cemetery, Cats Creek Bridge and Greenlawn Cemetery
Saturday, May 26th at 1:00 P.M. – American Legion Post 750 Memorial Day Service at East Lawn Memorial Park, at 27880 Ohio Route 7 in Marietta.
Monday, May 28th at 8:00 A.M. – VFW Post 5108 Memorial Day Parade, starting at Harmar Elementary School (100 Fort Square, Marietta) and ending at Harmar Cemetery (On Wood St., Marietta), with a 20-minute ceremony to honor fallen soldiers in Washington County.
Monday, May 28th at 10:00 A.M. – American Legion Post 64 Memorial Day Parade, starting at East Muskingum Park on Front Street and traveling through downtown Marietta, ending with a ceremony at Oak Grove Cemetery to honor all soldiers who have died since Memorial day 2017. This ceremony will include a reading of the Gettysburg Address and General Logan’s orders that originally proclaimed Memorial Day during the Civil War.