MOUNDSVILLE - There is no shortage of activities and events in Moundsville this spring and summer, thanks in part to the work of city officials and community businesses.
In addition to concerts, festivals and car shows, an August event has the potential to bring nearly 60,000 people to the city over a four-day span.
Moundsville business owner and City Councilman Phil Remke said the American Veterans Traveling Cost of Freedom Tribute, scheduled to be in Moundsville from Aug. 22-26, is an event not just for the city but for the entire Tri-State area.
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The Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex houses the Adena burial mound the city was named for, as well as a museum sharing the history of the attraction.
The event will feature a replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial, a 380 foot long wall that displays all 58,253 names of soldiers that died during the Vietnam war. Additionally, the Cost of Freedom Traveling Tribute, which displays information from ever war and conflict in the United States' history, will be on display and features artifacts and items used in those battles.
Remke said veterans from those wars will be on hand to share their experiences and tell tales of their service, and attendees will also be able to ride in patrol boats and other military crafts. A memorial service will be held on the final day of the weekend, and Remke said other surprises are being ironed out.
This and other events are put together by the Moundsville Activity Committee and the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, along with other businesses in the city. Remke said the cost of freedom display, as well as events like the Easter Spring Fling and Moundsville Zombie Walk are examples of what Moundsville has to offer.
"These events are a group effort of people who want to see our town and the Ohio Valley grow," Remke said. "We are all working toward a common goal."
That common goal also includes working to return Jefferson Avenue and the business district to what it once was. Remke and other business owners each make monthly financial contributions to a fund that has been used to hang flower baskets and install a speaker system on the avenue in an effort to promote commerce and to get people in town to support local businesses.