Weekend events to honor those who served
Veterans and communities across the Tri-State will mark Memorial Day weekend by honoring the area's fallen service members with time-honored traditions great and small.
BLUE & GRAY MEMORIAL SERVICE: The Huntington Chapter No. 150 of United Daughters of the Confederacy plans its annual Blue & Gray Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Spring Hill Cemetery.
AT THE ARCH: The Veterans Committee for Civic Improvement and the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District will present its 65th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The association will partner with over 40 area groups to lay wreaths at the Memorial Park Arch in Huntington beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27. Organizer Ron Wroblewski said there also will be a special recognition of Korean War veterans to coincide with the end of the Korean War, which was 60 years ago July 27.
MEMORIAL DAY RUN: St. Mary's Medical Center will present the annual Veterans Memorial Day 5K Run at 8 a.m. Monday starting at 3040 S. 9th St. in Ironton. Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female runners as well as the top three runners in each age division. The race will precede the Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. More information about the race can be found at www.TriStateRacer.com.
IRONTON PARADE: Ironton will host its 145th Memorial Day Parade through the city kicking off at 10 a.m. Monday. Billed as the nation's longest running parade, an estimated 50,000 people are expected to line the streets for Lawrence County, Ohio's, weekend festivities.
CEMETERY FLAGS: American Legion Post 16 of Huntington will provide nearly 1,000 American flags for Tri-State Area Council Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to place on the graves of veterans buried at Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington. Ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the cemetery.
MILTON LEGION: American Legion Post 139 of Milton will travel to 13 sites and cemeteries across eastern Cabell County delivering ceremonial volleys and performing "Taps" as part of its annual observances. The tour begins at the F-86 Sabre jet on U.S. 60 in Milton at 8:45 a.m. Monday and wraps up at Forest Memorial Park Cemetery in Ona at 1:30 p.m.
ASHLAND PARK: Ashland Central Park offers a salute to veterans starting at 4 p.m. Monday that features Peanuts the Clown; a free ice cream social; children's inflatables; door prizes; and live music from L.T. Fugeman; Ritch 3-0; Bronson Bush and the Head South Band; and Tim Holmes and Hired Guns.
KENTUCKY VETERANS CEREMONY: The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs will sponsor services in Greenup County at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East on Monday at 10 a.m. The East Carter County High School Junior ROTC with conduct wreath and colors presentation while Boyd County Schools band members will perform "Taps." SSG Moses Scarberry will be the featured speaker and Landrea Spurlock will sing the national anthem.
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