Marking 150 years of honor

Published 7:48 am Saturday, May 26, 2018

Final preparations are under way and the 150th Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade is upon us.

On Monday, 12 divisions will make their way through the city streets as part of the procession, drawing tens of thousands to what will likely be one of the largest parades yet.

The parade has a proud history, since Capt. McQuigg led the first march in 1868, heeding the call of the Grand Army of the Republic to honor lives lost in the Civil War.

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It is a testament to the patriotism of generations in our region that the event has reached this proud milestone.

We encourage everyone to come out to watch the parade. A milestone like this is history in the making and we welcome all visitors to Ironton.

But, remember, first and foremost, why the observances began on this day 150 years ago nationwide.

Our region has sent men and women into the battlefields of numerous conflicts, from the Civil War to World War II to the recent missions in the Middle East.

Supporting this parade is but one way to show respect for all who have fought for our country.

Take time to pay tribute those who gave their lives when their country called by visiting graves such as those buried at Woodland Cemetery here in Ironton.

And use this holiday to honor those who returned home. If you encounter a veteran this weekend, or any time, be sure to thank them for their service.