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Community can let our patriotism shine

Published 11:43am Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ironton has always been a very patriotic city. I consider it the most patriotic city in the United States. Our Memorial Day parade is unrivaled, and our people have served our country with honor.

The weekend of Aug. 15-18, we once again have an opportunity to show that American spirit. The American Legion Post 433 of Ironton will host the Traveling Wall, a Vietnam War Memorial that travels the country, and the Ohio Flags of Honor, which symbolizes Ohio’s war sacrifices by posting an American Flag for every Ohioan who has lost their life for our country.

The Legion, in collaboration with Ironton in Bloom, will award the Yard of the Month, and Business of the Month to those who have the best patriotic theme during this weekend.

This event coincides with the Rally on the River, an event that brings tens of thousands of people to Ironton for one weekend.

I ask that we once again show our city and our visitors our American pride, and display our patriotism that weekend.

Hang your flag, plant red, white and blue flowers, have your shop windows painted with a patriotic theme. Let’s make this weekend one that starts a tradition of patriotism for our community!

Be sure to share this info with your friends and family all over the city. Ask them to follow Ironton aLive on Facebook or Twitter.


Jon Ferguson is executive director of Ironton alive. He can be reached at (740) 532-2296 ext. 301 or by email at


  • Poor Richard

    I absolutely agree with Jon! Areas in the mid-west and Appalachian area do remain patriotic Americans. These areas are held together by old families, history, traditions and community spirit. We are a people with ties to one another, ties to our state and to the US. many families date back to the revolutionary war, to the civil war and to many other wars in which it was recognized as a duty to serve our country. We should all take great strides to keep it this way!

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