Honoring Those Who Defend Us

The city of Moundsville will honor the nation’s veterans and active duty military personnel by hosting a traveling tribute from Aug. 22-26, and it seems dozens of individuals, businesses and organizations are helping to make it happen.

An effort spearheaded by Moundsville businessman and Councilman Phil Remke will bring the American Veterans Cost of Freedom Tribute and the Vietnam Traveling Memorial to Jefferson Avenue, near the former West Virginia Penitentiary and Grave Creek Mound. Organizers expect the display – including the 380-foot long wall listing the names of 58,253 U.S. soldiers who died in the Vietnam conflict – to attract tens of thousands of visitors to the city.

The exhibit will roll into town with a large Patriot Guard motorcycle escort. It also will feature watercraft that played crucial roles in Vietnam and World War II on display at the city’s waterfront along the Ohio River.

And while businesses in the city certainly will benefit from increased traffic in town, the goal of the event seems to be more about honoring and supporting our military. Donations to support the troops are being accepted as part of the activities, and many supporters hail from surrounding counties where the impact of those visitors is less likely to be felt.

In addition, nearly 160 individuals have participated in the planning process or volunteered to help set up the display, assist with traffic control, parking and more.

The effort truly appears to be a community project, designed to honor those who have fought to protect our freedoms in the past and those who continue to do so today.

All of those involved – from veterans’ organizations to labor unions, government entities, local legislators and even high school athletes – should be commended for their patriotic spirit, hard work and dedication to honoring those who serve and have served in uniform.