In its continuing efforts to honor local military members and beautify the city of Moundsville, the Ohio Valley Cost of Freedom Committee will host a tribute festival this summer to raise funds for a proposed park for local veterans to enjoy.
The "A Day of Heroes" festival will be held Aug. 23 on Jefferson Avenue to pay tribute to local veterans and first responders who risk their lives to serve their country and communities.
The public is invited to spend the day enjoying window decorations of military and first responder memorabilia along Jefferson Avenue, a Patriot Guard ride-in, live music, a gun raffle and a steak fry in the day-long event.
Photo by Sarah Harmon
Ohio Valley Cost of Freedom Committee Director Phil Remke, right, and committee member Marvin Byard display a photo of undeveloped land in Moundsville planned for a proposed veterans memorial park.
Funds raised at the festival will help pay for the proposed Moundsville Tribute Memorial Garden Park, which will feature a therapeutic garden for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, memorial statues and walking and biking trails.
"We think this will be something very special for Moundsville," committee Director Phil Remke said. "There are a lot of local heroes and we need to continue to show respect for them."
According to Remke, the committee plans to build the park on undeveloped land behind Wal-Mart in Moundsville. The project is divided into three phases over several years with plans eventually to extend the walking trails to the Moundsville-Glen Dale Rail Trail.
The park will feature a memorial brick wall with names of local veterans, signs with historical information about the area and plants native to West Virginia, and will also be handicap-accessible.
Those interested in volunteering their time to the park can attend the next Moundsville Tribute Memorial Garden Park meeting at 10 a.m. July 9 at Remke Helping Hands in Moundsville.
Community members who wish to display memorabilia of veterans and first responders may contact the Moundsville business of their choice or Susan Inclan at Frame and Fortunes at 304-845-8900.