OHIO VALLEY — Memorial Day Weekend was a time of remembrance across Mason County and its neighbors in Meigs County, Ohio.
The Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason and Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven conducted ceremonies throughout the Bend Area on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Veteran markers in West Columbia, Clifton, Mason, Hartford and New Haven were decorated by the organizations with wreaths, flowers and American flags. A service honoring those veterans who died during service to their country was also held in each town, which included prayer and a gun salute.
Mason County’s neighbors from the Drew Webster American Legion Post 39 of Pomeroy, Ohio, honored those lost at sea by tossing a red, white, and blue wreath into the Ohio River at the conclusion of Monday’s ceremonies at the Pomeroy Levee. The ceremony took place directly across the river from the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park boat launch in Mason. A wreath was also tossed into the Ohio River from the Middleport Levee by Feeney-Bennett American Legion Post 128 of Middleport, Ohio, early Monday morning as tribute to sailors and Marines lost at sea in the naval campaigns during World War II.
The Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason and the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, were the “pace cars” for the Meigs Memorial Bike Run on Sunday in Pomeroy, Ohio, with Arnold Priddy and his Harley Davidson leading the pack. This was Priddy’s 31st memorial ride. Many bikes, including those from West Virginia, participated in the nearly 60-mile trek across Meigs County, riding by the grave sites of those fallen biker brothers and sisters.
Also, on Saturday, the AMVETS Post 2 once again hosted a Memorial Day Parade in downtown Point Pleasant, honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. AMVETS and its ladies auxiliary, are active in not only Memorial Day activities but on Veterans Day and on 9/11 in Point Pleasant.
Scenes from many of these events appear inside this edition.
Lorna Hart contributed to a portion of this story.
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