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Cost of Freedom Event This Week

August 19, 2012
Jim Cochran , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Several displays along with special events will be included in the Ohio Valley Cost of Freedom exhibit which arrives in Moundsville on Wednesday afternoon.

Displays will include The Wall, a 380-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Known as Ohio Valley Cost of Freedom Exhibit, there will be displays commemorating every war/ conflict in which the United States has been involved. A Dog Tag memorial to servicemen and women who lost their lives in the Global War on Terror will be included, as will be a display of weaponry, historical documents and other memorabilia representing every war/conflict and homeland disaster through United States history. Among other exhibits will be patrol boats and LVT landing crafts from World War II and Vietnam. The boats and landing craft will be at Riverfront Park.

The Wall itself will be located on Jefferson Avenue, 8th to 10th Streets, in front of the former West Virginia Penitentiary, while other displays will be along Eighth Street from Jefferson to the North Wagon Gate entrance to the former prison. There will also be displays at The Training Center within the walls of the former penitentiary.

The Strand Theatre will be a part of the event, showing "Legacy of Honor," a locally produced docu-drama, to commemorate the event. There will be showings on the hour and half hour from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. "Legacy of Honor" is a 10-minute production that will be shown free of charge.

Also, the Strand will be holding a book sale and signing of "Marshall County Patriots and Heroes" at 6 p.m. Gary L. Rider has put together two books with biographies and photographs of Marshall Countains who have served in the military.

"Flags of Our Fathers" will have showings at 7 p.m. during the same three nights, to which there will be a $5 admission. Tickets for this movie are available at Moundsville Pharmacy, Perkins Restaurant, and the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, along with showclix.com or at the door. For more information call 304-845-3431 or the website www.strandtheatreWV.com

Among other events will be banquets from 5-8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. next Sunday, at St. Francis Xavier Hall.

Well, our baseball trips for the year are history!

The third trip of the year, and 37th in a 10-year span, started in Baltimore and ended in Pittsburgh with home games of the Mets and Yankees in between.

The Orioles game was No. 101 over the 10-year period, and it just so happened game No. 1 was in Baltimore, that initial game being the longest, 17 inning.

This year's Orioles game had a first for the Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel Baseball group - it was a "game" in which we didn't see a pitch thrown.

We were set to witness a game, but just before first pitch, the skies let loose and the tarp was placed on the field. Our group sat and waited, and waited, and it seemed like every time it was starting to clear up, the rains would return.

This happened six times throughout the evening. In fact, at one time the public address announcer stated that the weather forecasters had determined that conditions were such that it was time to remove the tarp, but they had just removed it from the infield when another rain storm hit.

Well, we stayed until 10 o'clock, and guess what, the game started at 10:14 p.m., and as it turned out it would end at 1:13 a.m.

Probably the reason that the Orioles management wanted to play the game was the published report the next day listed attendance at more than 40,000. Of course, when the game began more than three hours after the scheduled start, that number was substantially less.

It just so happened that particular afternoon the Orioles had one of their "stars" of the past, Eddie Murray, in attendance for an induction ceremony.

Did have an opportunity to tour the Legends Museum adjacent to the Camden Yards, where memorabilia of teams and athletes from throughout the state of Maryland are on display.

Well, enough about Baltimore, and on to New York.

The first game in New York had the Mets hosting Atlanta at Citi Field, where the Mets hung on to win by a run after going into the ninth with a five-run lead, but the relief pitchers for the Mets had trouble throwing strikes.

It was then on to Yankee Stadium, where our group had the opportunity for the first time to tour the Stadium. The first stop being to the team's Museum. The tour also included a visit to Monument Park, where even more Yankee history is on display. The third stop was the Yankees' dugout which, a few hours later that day, would be occupied by the current Yankees, including Parkersburg native Nick Swisher, who would hit a grand slam homer against Texas.

This was our 15th visit to Yankee Stadium(s).

Of course, a visit to New York City wouldn't be complete without visit to other attractions in the Big Apple, and on this trip, it was a first-time visit to the Bronx Zoo, and a boat ride past the Statue of Liberty.

On our arrival in Pittsburgh, the Pirates were hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers, our group was set to help root the Pirates to victory, hoping to snap a losing string.

But we couldn't do it, as the Dodgers won 11-0.

The annual Elizabethtown Festival will be an event of Sept. 8-9 at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

The hours of the Festival will be 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sept. 8, and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sept. 9.

The early 1800s heritage festival is held to honor the former community that was settled prior to event West Virginia becoming a state.

Monday is the deadline for registering for a one-day softball camp for players entering third through eighth grades, the camp to take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday at the softball fields at Valley Fork Park.

To register call either 304-280-3984 or 304-281-8769.

 
 

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