Marietta Honors Fallen Veterans

By: Brittany Lowe Email
By: Brittany Lowe Email

A day to reflect and honor.

"It's a day to remember all that's given their lives for our country and for each one of us it's to be able to stand here today in freedom and visit and we respect each one," explains a ceremony participant, Shirley Cox.

It all started in Harmar Village as veterans and area officials walked the street to honor those lost heroes. The parade ended, dedicating the day at the oldest cemetery in Marietta.

"We owe a lot to all of our ancestors to our former military, if it weren't for them we wouldn't be here today. We wouldn't have our freedom today," says veteran Ray Offenberger.

From the grave they made their way to the Putnam Street bridge where names were read of those recently lost.

146 veterans have been buried in just the past year just in Washington County alone.

A wreath was then dropped to the river in honor of the sailors and marines lost at sea.

Then time for the main parade. Flags and people lined Putnam Street while more than a hundred took to the road.

"It is a great honor to honor our veterans that have given so much from our country. We are so privileged to have lived in this land of the free and we need to not take that for granted," says one veteran in the parade.

And for the many who knew or even served with those being honored Memorial Day is a day of memories and a chance too reconnect.

"Well it's a heavy load in my heart, you know, there were several on there that I went to school with and grew up with and to hear their names read, it's an honor to know that they're remembered," explains Cox.

Never forgetting the fallen ones who fought for our freedom.

"We must always remember, never forget," says Cox.

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