At 9 a.m., KIA/MIA Services will be conducted at Tracy Park, with Carl E. “Gene” Davis as master of ceremonies.
“It’s a remembrance of all of those killed in action; that is basically the way it started,” Davis said. “But after that, then we decided to add all of those who wanted their names here who have served.”
While the names on the wall are those of service personnel who died in war, the monument is surrounded by bricks with the names of other former members of the armed forces.
At 10 a.m. a procession will leave Tracy Park and travel to Greenlawn Cemetery. The parade will move south on Chillicothe Street to Gallia Street — east on Gallia to Offnere Street — then north on Offnere to Greenlawn.
At 11:30 a.m. Memorial Day services will be held at Soldier’s Circle, with James R. Saddler serving as master of ceremonies.
Lunch will be provided following the services at James Dickey Post 23, located at 705 Court St., followed at 3 p.m. by the Lost at Sea services. Sam McKibben will be master of ceremonies for the ceremony that will form at the Ohio River Court Street landing, which is the location of the Lost at Sea memorial.
Last year, McKibben spoke of the significance of the ceremony just prior to the placing of a wreath from the boat into the Ohio River
“The Sea Services means the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and also the Merchant Marines,” McKibben said. “Those that have served in the last 10, 20, 30 years, even going back to World War II.”
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