POMEROY — Memorial Day is all about remembering those who went to war, those who returned, and those who didn’t, and to pay tribute to those who serve in the military today.
Observances in tribute to veterans will be held around the county on Monday. In preparation for the day of remembrance, hundreds of new small American flags are being placed on the graves of veterans by members of American Legion Posts and Veterans of Foreign War units.
It is their way of showing appreciation for the sacrifice and concern for preserving their memory, and respect for the loved ones left behind.
In Pomeroy the traditional program of remembrance will be held on the parking lot stage at 11 a.m. Monday by Drew Webster Post 39, American Legion. Following the flag raising and a salute by the honor guard, First Vice National Commander Dave Hall of New Haven, W. Va. will speak. Music will be provided by the Southern High School marching band under the direction of Chad Dodson, and a wreath will be laid on the Ohio River in tribute to those lost at sea while serving their country.
Legionnaires from both Feeney-Bennett Post 128 of Middleport and Drew Webster Post 39 in Pomeroy will be making visits and giving tributes at cemeteries during the day.
On Memorial Day (Monday) Feeney-Bennett legionnaires will begin at the Middleport Levy at 8:45 a.m. for an opening tribute before moving on to the Middleport Riverview Cemetery at 9 a.m., the Bradford Cemetery at 9:15 a.m., the Middleport Hill Cemetery at 9:30 a.m., the Addison Cemetery at 10:15 a.m., the Cheshire Gravel Hill Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Middleport Gravel Hill Cemetery at 11 a.m., and the Stewart-Bennett Park on Mill Street at 11:15 a.m.
Following a luncheon at the hall, the Middleport legionnaires will go the the Howell Hill Cemetery for a service at 12.30 p.m. , and then move on to the Burlingham Cemetery for a tribute at 1:10 p.m.
Drew-Webster Post cemetery visits will begin at 9 a.m. at Rocksprings Cemetery and from there the legionnaires will go to Beech Grove Cemetery for a 9:30 a.m. service, and then on at 10 a.m. to the Sacred Heart Cemetery before moving to the parking lot for the observance there. The after lunch schedule of cemetery visits includes 1:30 p.m. at the Meigs Memory Gardens, 2 p.m. at the Chester Cemetery, and 2:30 p.m. at the Hemlock Grove Cemetery.
A service in the Burlingham church will immediately follow the tribute by the Middleport legionnaires there. The Rev. Bill O’Brien will be the guest speaker and there will be special music.
Again this year the Modern Woodmen of America will have a dinner in the Burlingham hall. Serving will begin at 11:15 a.m. and continue until 4:15 p.m.
Every year, except one, since 1891 special services commemorating a day set aside to pay tribute to veterans have been held at the little country church.