Memorial Day events
The following is a list are area Memorial Day services:
BEECH BOTTOM – The village’s service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday in front of the Beech Bottom Municipal Building. It will be moved inside in the event of rain. Guest speakers will be Jim Lee, chief probation officer for the 1st Judicial Circuit and a Vietnam War veteran; and Dr. Helen Faso, dean of health science at Wheeling Jesuit University, who served as chief nurse at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Korea. Members of the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad also will participate.
BRILLIANT – Roger Cline, Brilliant American Legion Post 573 commander, has announced a day-long schedule of events for Memorial Day.
At 7:30 a.m. on May 27, members will meet at the post home to assemble for a rifle salute and taps at the Tent Church Cemetery at 8:30 a.m., the same procedure will take place at the Mingo Sportsman Club Memorial at 9 a.m., New Alexandria Cemetery at 10 a.m. and Brilliant Boat Club at 10:30 a.m.
The Legion will lead the Memorial Day parade from the Buckeye North Middle School, proceeding north to the memorial at the post home at 11 a.m. A rifle salute and taps will be featured at the Veterans Memorial at 11:45 a.m. and the colors will be posted at the Brilliant Little League Field at 12:30 p.m.
An installation of officers will be held at 1 p.m. and a luncheon is planned at 2 p.m. at the post home.
The Legion will take part in the Jefferson County Veterans Memorial Museum at Fort Friendship at 3 p.m.
COLLIERS – The community’s service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the War Memorial outside Colliers Primary School.
DILLONVALE – The Dillonvale American Legion Post 529 will observe Memorial Day at 11 a.m. Monday at the post home.
Richard Stobbs, former Belmont County sheriff, will be the speaker, and arrangements will be made by Commander Charles Strizak. The Buckeye Local High School Band will play, and local Boy Scouts will be on hand.
Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program.
EAST SPRINGFIELD – East Springfield’s Memorial Day parade will start at the old school at 10 a.m. Monday and end at the community center where the Memorial Day service will be held.
FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee American Legion Post and Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad will hold a service at 11 a.m. Monday outside the post’s headquarters at Main and Raymond streets. Participants will include Post Commander Bill Haught, Follansbee Mayor Emeritus Tony Paesano, Brent Kimball, who will perform the national anthem; and many others.
Doughnuts and coffee will be served inside the post before the program, and lunch afterward.
GERMANO – A Memorial Day program will be presented at 11 a.m. Monday at Fairview Cemetery.
Randy Dutton, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3072 commander, will have the flag-raising, and Paul Mason will provide music. The Rev. Hester Hudson will offer the invocation, and Army Vietnam veteran Robert Hirschbach will give the address.
The program is sponsored by the VFW and its ladies auxiliary, as well as the Tri-State Marine Corps.
The Germano Cemetery memorial service will follow at noon.
HOPEDALE – The Hopedale Community Holiday and Events Committee invites residents to participate in a grand Memorial Day parade.
The Memorial Day parade will take place at noon Monday and will end in a ceremony at Hopedale Cemetery led by the Hopedale Post of the American Legion.
The Hopedale Community Holiday and Events Committee began in January and is chaired by village Councilwoman Dana McIntosh.
“We are looking forward to bringing back some nostalgia to the town,” McIntosh said. “Our next event is the Memorial Day Parade. We want to get the kids back outside like we used to do. We want to see bicycles decorated, kids marching-everyone having a great day while remembering those from Hopedale who served our country so honorably.”
For information, contact McIntosh at (740) 937-2228.
MINGO JUNCTION – State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, will be the guest speaker at the Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday at the veteran’s memorial on Commercial Street.
Bob Smith, American Legion Post 351 commander, will read the roster of village residents killed in action during World War II.
“In Flanders Field” will be recited by Barb Jackson, American Legion Post 351 Auxiliary president. The reply to “In Flanders Field” will be provided by Harry Freiling of the American Legion.
Jackson and Freiling will lay wreaths at the memorial.
A luncheon will follow at the senior center. The ceremony and luncheon are sponsored by Mingo Junction Social Services.
PINEY FORK – The Piney Fork American Legion and Auxiliary will hold its Memorial Day service at noon Sunday at the post home.
Commander Tom McCain will lead the service, and readings will be done by Buckeye Local High School students named by the Legion to to attend Buckeye Boy and Girls State in June. They are Jacob Long, Calvin Stabile, Ericka Cline and Leigha Pasco.
A lunch will be served after the service.
RICHMOND – J.O. Henry, an Army veteran and member of the Richmond American Legion Honored Seven Post 740, will be the keynote speaker at the village’s Memorial Day service Monday at Richmond Union Cemetery.
Henry will touch on the seven veterans for whom the post is named, details of which are part of a reference book he recently compiled. His address will follow the conclusion of the annual parade that gets under way at 11 a.m., with units lining up at 10:30 a.m. behind the old Richmond Elementary School.
“Honoring America’s Past” is the theme of the parade sponsored by the Richmond Community Historical Society and co-chaired by Sandy Judy and Sue Taylor. Interested participants can contact Judy at (740) 765-4534.
The historical society will sell T-shirts, the front of them sporting a scene of the refurbished flag pole at the cemetery with the flag at half mast and the caption noting “In Richmond, We Remember.” Proceeds will benefit the parade fund and lining Main Street with flags.
Bud Jones of Richmond, a Navy veteran of World War II and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross Award for bravery, will be honored as the parade grand marshal.
The Richmond United Methodist Church will host its annual breakfast by donation in the church fellowship hall from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with proceeds to be split between the church’s community party and the WEBA Food Pantry.
Kailey and Luke McMillion will be the wreath carriers, and Brennan Scott will recite the “Gettysburg Address.”
SMITHFIELD – The Millard R. Burris American Legion Post 396 will have a brief services at the Quaker Cemetery at 9 a.m. Monday, and a parade will form and march to the Northern Cemetery, where a service will be held. The Riddles Run House of Prayer will have a float in the parade
Tom McCain, Piney Fork American Legion commander, will give the welcome; Krystal Wilson will sing; Mayor Ted Boyd will speak; and the Rev. L.A. Gatewood will give the Memorial Day address.
Placement of a wreath will be done by Pat Freeland, and salute to the dead will be given by the Legion Firing Squad.
This is a combined effort of the Smithfield and Piney Fork legions.
A service will follow at the McIntire Church.
SMITHFIELD – The Jefferson County Veterans Association will conduct Memorial Day services at 3 p.m. Monday at the Fort Friendship Memorial Museum. Veterans from surrounding areas are to take part.
U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, will be the guest speaker, and there will be readings and special observances. Bill Smythe is commander, and Frank Santa will be in charge of the program.
There will be a light lunch following the program at the fair restaurant facility.
The veterans group is working on the sale of bricks for the “Honor a Veteran Program” memorial wall They are adding another addition to the wall and bricks to honor a veteran can be purchased for $50. Tony Phillippi or Smythe can be contacted for the purchase of a memorial.
STEUBENVILLE -Two Memorial Day services are set in the city.
American Legion Ohio, 2nd Vice Commander David Hilliard will be the guest speaker at the Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. Monday at Union Cemetery.
Also, a Memorial Day Mass will be held at 11 a.m. at the Coronation Mausoleum at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
The Rev. Paul Hrezo will be the celebrant for the Mass.
The service will continue at noon with Vietnam veteran Donald Hall as the guest speaker.
UNIONPORT – The community’s parade will begin at 10 a.m., with lineup at 9:30 a.m. and featuring the Indian Creek High School marching band; a 10:45 a.m. gun salute in Unionport Cemetery; and an 11 a.m. program in the Unionport Christian Church with Chuck Mehl, pastor of the Unionport Methodist Church, the featured speaker.
Unionport Auxiliary 45 to the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War will serve as host.
A pancake and sausage breakfast will be held in the community center beginning at 7 a.m.; donations are appreciated. Also, the center will be the site of a lunch beginning at noon and featuring sandwiches, homemade soups and desserts.
WEIRTON – Fifteen wreaths will be laid at 11 a.m. Monday at the base of the Veteran’s Memorial on Park Avenue, next to Bob Evans Restaurant and the Wal-Mart Supercenter.
George Ash will be the master of ceremonies, with Pat McGeehan, a graduate of the Air Force Academy and a former intelligence officer, serving as guest speaker. Bill Wright will deliver the invocation, with Mayor George Kondik offering the welcome. The Weir High Band and Weirton Women’s Club will perform.
American Legion Post 10 is in charge of arrangements.
WELLSBURG -The Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation will hold a service at the park, which is at Brooke Hills Park on state Route 27, at 1 p.m. Monday. The guest speaker will be Bob Haas, a Brooke County native with more than 30 years of experience in law. Music will be provided by Nila Boyd and Margaret Camilletti.
Also participating will be the Tri-State Young Marines, led by Gabe Arlia; Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad, led by Doug Lilly; Janice McFadden, Walter Ferguson, David B. Cross, Alex Koscevic, Ryan Weld and Art Wells. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs.
WINTERSVILLE – The 59th-annual Memorial Day program will be presented at noon Monday at the Fort Steuben Burial Estates, Canton Road.
The event is sponsored by Stevens Christian American Legion Post 557.
The guest speaker will be Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham.
A balloon release in memory of deceased veterans will take place, followed by a salute to the deceased by Post 557’s Firing Squad.
The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs.