Volunteers keep parade rolling along

Published 9:50 am Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Aptly, the theme for the 2012 Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade is “For God and Country,” a phrase that describes the motivation of the men and women serving in our Armed Forces as well as those volunteering their time to make this annual event the special tribute that it is.

Many people take for granted the local treasure that has become the parade. Recognized as the nation’s longest continuously running Memorial Day parade, the event does not put itself together and it does not happen overnight.

Dozens of dedicated men and women volunteer countless hours to organize the event and make sure that the historical run continues.

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The theme is so fitting because it describes their dedication as well as that of those the event is honoring.

For their commitment and dedication The Tribune recognizes the Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade Committee with this week’s “Good News, Good Neighbors” spotlight.

As 20,000 or 30,000 people descend upon the city of Ironton at the end of May, it will just be a handful of volunteers working behind the scenes that make this happen. And they’re doing it for God and their country.