Parades, Ceremonies Mark Memorial Day in Marietta

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There were two parades Monday morning in Marietta, marking the Memorial Day holiday.

It's a way to remember and honor all those past, present and future men and woman serving our country.

Starting early Monday morning, the parade started at the Harmar School.

Many veterans walked in the parade, including Congressman Bill Johnson.

And different veteran organizations, fire trucks and more made their way to the Harmar Cemetery for a ceremony.

"Veterans that lost their lives, men and women, that makes this, that's why we are here today, if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be here today," says Bob Jenkins, a veteran.

Then everyone went over to the Putnam Street Bridge to throw a wreath into the river honoring the fallen Navy comrades.

American Flags and Poles handed out little American flags to everyone, saying thank you and we salute you on them.

Around 10 a.m. the big parade started on Putnam, down Fifth Street and up Wooster to the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Then holding a ceremony at the enterance near the American Legion, the Marietta High School band played the National Anthem.

Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews said a few words along with Congressman Bill Johnson, Ohio Representative Andy Thompson and a featured veteran speaker.

"Our men and women in uniform they go to places, countries they've never been to, fighting often times for people they've never met. All for the cause of freedom and to answer the call of our country," said Congressman Johnson.

He says it's a day to remember those who have fallen but also those who are serving right now.

That American spirit he says at the parades and ceremonies Monday and seeing this community come together, this is what makes America great.

The kids were out ready to catch that candy and every excited about the parade.

At one home on Fifth Street, they held a Memorial Day bash.

There was a big bouncy house for the kids and a band out back.

Resident Bret Frye says this is a yearly thing, to support the veterans and get everyone out for the parade.

"Obviously we want to support our troops, support the country, those that have made us capable of having this lifestyle," he says. "It's a great opportunity on this day to get together with friends, it's very low key, it's a nice parade."

Around 50 kids watched the parade outside Frye's house - that's a lot of juice boxes and cotton candy!

He says it's a family affair celebrating and remembering from babies to 80-years-old.

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