Four days filled with patriotic-themed events will coincide with the display of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall replica, which will make its way to Moundsville Aug. 23 as part of the Ohio Valley Cost of Freedom weekend.
The event, scheduled to run through Aug. 26, will fill a majority of the downtown Moundsville area with displays, activities and weaponry and machinery. Phil Remke, Moundsville businessman and member of City Council, said the event will be unlike anything the valley has seen before.
"This promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime event for most of us here in the Ohio Valley," said Richard King, co-chairman of the event. "If you've never had the chance to visit the war memorials in Washington, D.C., this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the valor and sacrifice of our nation's brave service men and women, right here in your own backyard."
Photo by J.W. Johnson Jr.
Moundsville businessman and City Council member Phil Remke describes events Thursday associated with the Ohio Valley Cost of Freedom, which comes to the city Aug. 23-26.
In addition to the wall, a full acre weaponry display, featuring historic documents and items representing every war and conflict in United States history, will be be shown. Additionally, memorials to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Ft. Hood shooting will be on display, as will separate tributes to Korean War and World War II veterans. Patrol boats and landing crafts will also be stationed at Riverfront Park on 13th Street each day.
Special events and speakers are also scheduled, including remarks from local and state officials and panels teaching the history of each war and first person accounts from service men and women. A candlelight vigil is set for Aug. 25, and a multi-denominational religious service is set for the morning of Aug. 27 at Monarch Stadium. Veterans reunion dinners are also scheduled throughout the weekend to allow veterans to see old friends and make new ones, Remke said.
"We are extremely honored to host this outstanding memorial to all veterans, and we sincerely thank all of the sponsors and volunteers who have made it possible," King said.
Those sponsors include the United Mine Workers of America, which was announced Thursday as the title sponsor for the event. UMWA District 31 Vice President Mike Caputo said the organization is grateful for the sacrifices made to allow the workers to earn a living in a free and safe country.
"The efforts they make to keep us free deserve the greatest of honors," he said.
More information on the weekend, including a schedule of events, can be found at www.ovcof.com.