MEIGS COUNTY — From the annual Memorial Run to numerous Memorial Day ceremonies, Meigs County has no shortage of events this weekend.
The 32nd annual Meigs County Memorial Day Run will be a three-day event this year, with music and vendors Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, there will be a poker run, with the main run scheduled for Sunday with the bikes to lease the Pomeroy Parking Lot at 1 p.m.
The run route will be as follows, leaving the parking lot toward Middleport; over Middleport Hill to Route 7; cross Route 7 on to Bradbury Road to Route 124; turn left onto Route 124 to Rutland; in Rutland go straight on New Lima Road to Harrisonville; at Route 143 go straight ahead on Route 684 to Route 681; go right on Route 681 to Route 33; turn left on ramp then right on Route 33; continue on Route 33 to the river at the light turn right to arrive back in Pomeroy.
Memorial Day services will begin on Saturday in Pomeroy.
The Brooks-Grant Chapter Sons of the Union Veterans will hold a special service at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 27 at the Meigs County Civil War Monument, Second Street, Pomeroy. The program will be presented by the chapter, with special guest speaker John Haas, Civil War historian for the Ohio Historical Connection, Columbus, Ohio.
On Monday, both the Pomeroy and Middleport American Legion Posts will be conducting ceremonies at multiple locations.
Feeney-Bennett Post #128, American Legion, Middleport, Ohio, will be conducting tributes at numerous locations on Monday, May 29. The schedule is as follows, 8:45 a.m. — Middleport Levy; 9 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 a.m. — Middleport Gravel Hill Cemetery; 11:15 a.m. — Stewart-Bennett Park Middleport; 12:30 p.m. — Howell Hill Cemetery; 1 p.m. — Burlingham Cemetery.
American Legion Post 39 will be conducting Memorial Day services as follows: 9 a.m. — Rocksprings Cemetery; 9:30 a.m. — Beech Grove Cemetery; 10 a.m. — Sacred Heart Cemetery; 10:30 a.m. — Bridge of Honor Flags; noon — Ceremonies at the Pomeroy Levy with melodies from the Southern High School Band under the direction of Chad Dodson and guest speaker Sgt. Major Jim Freeman; 1:30 p.m. — memorial service at Meigs Memory Gardens; 2 p.m. — Chester Cemetery, followed by Hemlock Grove Cemetery.
At the noon ceremony at the Pomeroy levee, Sgt. Major Jim Freeman will address those in attendance. Freeman is the Director of Instruction for the 1-80th Engineer Battalion based in Kingwood, West Virginia.
Additionally, services will be held in Racine and Burlingham.
The Racine American Legion will be hosting a Memorial Day program at the post in Racine, located across the street from the Star Mill Park. The program will start at 10 a.m. The Southern High School band will play, followed by a guest speaker. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited.
The 127th Memorial Day Service will be May 29, at 1 p.m. at the Burlingham Church. The Honor Guard of Feeney Bennett Post 128 of the American Legion of Middleport will be performing the military tribute at the cemetery at 1 p.m. and the service will follow in the church. Rick Jones, a career army man and the grandson of Frank and Victoria Jones, will be special speaker and music and song will be provided by the Hayes family and Greg Jones.