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‘Wake Up’ For Military Tribute

August 11, 2012
By JIM COCHRAN , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Although the Ohio Valley Cost of Freedom Memorial & Tribute which will be coming to Moundsville Aug. 22-26 will be able to be viewed 24 hours a day, reveille will be sounded he mornings of Aug. 23-26 to officially open the day's activities connected with the traveling veterans' memorial.

As to Reveille, it is a bugle call, trumpet call or pipes call most associated with the military or summer camp; it is chiefly used to wake military personnel at sunrise. The name coming from the French word for "wake up."

Reveille will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 23 at the Tribute Wall, to be located on Jefferson Avenue in front of the former West Virginia Penitentiary, while reveille will be sounded at 9 p.m. on Aug. 24-25 at the same site, and at 9 a.m. on Aug. 26 at Monarch Field.

The event will actually get under way the afternoon of Aug. 22 when the Vietnam Traveling Wall is escorted into Moundsville by Patriot Guard motorcyclists, police officers and other first responder units.

The centerpiece of the OVCOF being The Wall, a 380-foot long, 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C.-the largest of its kind. A number of other displays will provide a walk through history to honor veterans of every Untied States Conflict since World War II.

These include:

"Lest We Forget" a full acre of weaponry, historical documents and other displays representing every war/conflict and homeland disaster throughout United States history.

World War II and Korean War tributes, featuring timelines, photographs and corresponding battle maps;

Law Enforcement and Firefighter Honors, a pictorial display honoring their sacrifice and commitments;

9/11 and 2009 Ft. Hood shooting tributes memorializing the victims of these tragic acts of terror; and Gold Dog Tag display, honoring heroes for whom no memorial exists.

Residents and visitors to the city will have the opportunity to see and ride in amphibious watercraft at Riverfront Park and Docks.

Also, there will be equipment and military gear at the Moundsville Training Center.

There will be a 12-minute video, suitable for all ages, to be shown at the Strand Theatre.

There will be free shuttle service available to uptown Moundsville from the Busy Beaver Plaza, Aaron's Plaza and Wal-Mart.

The event will conclude on Aug. 26 with a memorial service from 10 a.m. until noon at Monarch Stadium with final Wall respects from 12:30-3 p.m.

Getting back to daily ceremonies, on the opening day (Aug. 23) Moundsville Vice Mayor Eugene Saunders will read a proclamation; there will be the ringing of the bells at St. Francis Xavier Church; the posting of the colors; invocation, pledge of allegiance, a 21-Gun Salute; the singing of the national anthem; the laying of POW/MIA wreath and missing in action tribute; the blessing of the Tribute Wall and Exhibit, and the official opening of the tributes and exhibits. The keynote speaker for the opening day observance will be Hershel W. William of Ona, W.Va., West Virginia's only living Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

On Aug. 24 there will be similar events taking place in the morning hours, including an address at 10:05 a.m. by Cecil Roberts, international president of the UMWA; followed by a keynote speech by Col.. Joseph T. Morgan, USAF, while other speakers will be State Senators Jeff Kessler and Larry Edgell, Delegate Mike Ferro, Marshall County Commission President Jason "Jake" Padlow and Vice Mayor Saunders.

One of the Aug. 25 events will be a Ride of Honor Tribute by Patriot Guard members from noon until 1:45 p.m.

The reville on Aug. 26 will take place at Monarch Stadium where from 10 a.m. until noon there will be a multi-denominational worship and honor service at which Maj. Lee D. Boar will be the keynote speaker, and a Blessing and Sending Forth by Rev. Dr. John E. Freeman.


The monthly West Liberty University/Marshall County Breakfast Club will resume at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Moundsville.

The topic will be the new physicians assistant program at WLU.

Those planning to attend can reply by either calling 304-336-8301 or mailing to

All alumni and friends of WLU are invited to attend with walk-is welcome to the "Dutch Treat" event.


You might mark on your calendar the following Marshall County events and their dates:

The Elizabethtown Festival will be held Sept. 8-9 within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. This event is an early 1800s heritage festival honoring the former community that was settle before West Virginia became a state.

The Moundsville Zombie Walk will be held on Sept. 22.

The annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Dinner/Meeting will be on Oct. 4 at the Training Center at the former WVP.

The annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Tree Gala will be held Nov. 15 at the West Virginia Archeology Complex in Moundsville. A Business After Hours event will be held in conjunction with the Tree Gala, and will be hosted by Dad's Sweet Tooth.

The annual Marshall County Christmas Parade will be an event of Nov. 17.

The annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Tree Auction will be held Dec. 6. Also, there will be a Business After Hours event prior to the auction which will take place at the Grave Creek Mound.

The Business After Hours event will be hosted by WesBanco.

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