Memorial Day in Marietta

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The city of Marietta had a Monday morning full of events to celebrate Memorial Day.

The holiday activities started early with the first parade kicking off at 8 a.m.

Beginning at Harmar Elementary, the line made its way through Harmar Village on the city's west side.

It then ended at Harmar Cemetery for a brief Memorial Day service where many veterans were honored for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the nation's freedom.

Just a couple of hours later, another parade made its way through town.

Marietta High School's band led the way as various groups and organizations weaved their way through the streets of Marietta.

Many lined the sidewalks to catch some candy, have some fun and of course support the troops.

"We've got to remember the troops that are gone and those that are still here with us," Ed Smith, a Marietta resident, said.

The parade started at Muskingum Park and ended at Oak Grove Cemetery where hundreds gathered for the city's annual Memorial Day ceremony.

The service featured music and speakers, a reading of fallen heroes and a 21 gun salute.

Those who attended say the best way to thank our veterans is by taking the time to honor them.

"It's very heartwarming, and it makes me very proud to see the community come out for our veterans," Glenda Kodrich, an attendee, said.

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