2019 Memorial Day events in Parkersburg, Belpre

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va., BELPRE, Oh.-(WTAP) Parkersburg City Park was one of several area locations for Memorial Day remembrances in our area.

Members of military service groups read a list of names of member who have passed away during the past 12 months.

Nearby is a memorial to area servicemen who died serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

That includes Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Null, who died in August, 2011 in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Null was also honored this weekend in a different way, one drawing national attention.

Martin Truex, Jr., who won Sunday's Coca Cola 600 race, featured Null's name on his race car.

Drivers in Sunday's NASCAR race decorated their cars with the names of servicemen and women, in honor of Memorial Day.

In Belpre, a tribute was held to four local servicemen who gave their lives during the Vietnam War.

The remembrance at Leavitt Funeral Home was held by the Belpre Area Veterans Association.

The four were killed in action in separate incidents between 1966 and 1970.

They all had one thing in common: the reason we observe Memorial Day each year.

"They were fighting in a foreign country, in order to better the lives of fellow human beings, and in doing so, while protecting their fellow soldiers, signed their check," said Bill Harpold, Association President. "We may not know them all, but we owe them all, for giving their all to this great country."

The principal of Warren High School was on hand to accept one of four American Flags placed in honor of one of the fallen soldiers.