Flag Day Parade, Other Activities Set for Moundsville

National Flag Day will be observed in Moundsville on June 14 with a parade followed by a flag disposal ceremony.

The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m., on Grant Avenue between First and Second Streets, with everyone welcome to participate in the non-motorized event.

Parade organizers say that people should feel free to let their children ride bikes in the parade, known as The Great American Kids’ Bike Parade, along with parents pushing their children in strollers. Even dogs on leashes are welcome.

Youngsters are encouraged to decorate their bikes in conjunction with the theme.

Parade participants will be giving small flags to individuals along the parade route.

The parade route will be from Grant Avenue to Second Street, east on Second to Birch Avenue, south on Birch to Third Street, east on Third to Cedar Avenue, south on Cedar to Fourth Street, west on Fourth to Grant Avenue, and north on Grant to the area where the parade started.

Hot dogs and refreshments will be given to the parade participants at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post No. 437) Home. They will also receive a flag and a treat from Altmeyer Funeral Home.

The flag disposal ceremony will be conducted by members of the Sons of the American Legion (Squadron 3) Moundsville, with the assistance of members of Boy Scout Troop 78 and Cub Scout Scout Troop No. 78. Anyone with flags they wish to dispose of can give them to Scouts in the parade.

The Flag Day event is sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 3 of Moundsville, Altmeyer Funeral Home, and the Marshall County Commission.

Anyone wishing additional information concerning the Flag Day activities can contact either Bob Blazer at 304-845-7558 or Sarah Barickman at 304-281-8719.

The Marshall County Commission this past week signed a proclamation supporting the efforts of the Sons of The American Legion Squadron 3 of Moundsville, which asks all citizens of Moundsville and surrounding communities to join them in walking in the parade or decorate their children’s bicycles with flags.

The proclamation reads as follows:

“WHEREAS, in 1777, the Second Continental Congress established our nation’s flag, which consisted of 13 stars and 13 alternating red and white stripes in representation of the original 13 states, and,

“WHEREAS, May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first Presidential Flag Day. Proclamation encouraging patriotism throughout the nation on June 14, and,

“WHEREAS, Aug. 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed an Act of Congress appointing June 14 of each year as National Flag Day; and,

“WHEREAS, the Sons of the American Legion, Squardon 3, of Moundsville, continues a proud tradition of their Flag Day Parade and Flag Disposal Ceremony, June 14 of each year.

“NOW THEREFORE, we Scott G. Varner, John Gruzinskas and Michael Ferro, as Marshall County Commissioners, do here by proclaim June 14, 2019 as NATIONAL FLAG DAY, and encourage the citizens of Marshall County to take part in this event.”

I came across a poem in the American Military Retirees Association magazine whose headline read: I am the flag of the United States of America (Author Unknown). It reads:

I am the flag of the United States of America.

My name is Old Glory

I fly atop the world’s tallest buildings.

I stand watch in America’s halls of justice.

I fly majestically over institutions of learning.

I stand guard with power in the world.

Look up and see me.

I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.

I stand for freedom.

I am confident.

I am arrogant.

I am proud.

When I am flown with my fellow banners,

my head is a little higher, my colors a little truer.

I bow to no one!

I am recognized all over the world.

I am worshipped — I am saluted.

I am loved — I am revered.

I am respected — and I am feared.

I have fought in every battle of every

war for more than 200 years.

I led my troops, I was dirty, battleworn

and tired, but my solders cheered me

— and I was proud.

I have been burned, torn and trampled

in streets of countries I have helped set

free. It does not hurt, for I am invincible.

I have been soiled upon, burned, torn, and

Trampled on the streets of my country.

And when it’s by those whom I’ve served

in battle — it hurts. But I shall overcome

for I am strong.

I have slipped the bonds of Earth and

stood watch over the uncharted frontiers

of space from my vantage point on the moon.

I have borne silent witness to all of

America’s finest hours. My finest

hours are yet to come.

When I am torn into strips and used as

bandages for my wounded comrades on

the battlefield, when I am flown at half

mast to honor my soldiers, Or when I lie

in the trembling arms of a grieving parent

at the grave of their fallen son or daughter,

I am proud —




Several reminders for this week:

If you haven’t taken advantage of the Marshall County Spring Clean-up your last chance is Saturday at both the Roberts Ridge VFD Headquarters and at the coal mine parking lot in Rosby’s Rock.

These two locations bring to 15 the number of sites provided by the Marshall County Commission and the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority.

As stated in recent notifications of dumpsters in the county, there are some stipulations: You can’t bring tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials or household trash.

By the way, the hours will be 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and all Marshall County residents are welcome to use these two locations.

Friday, Saturday and next Sunday, the Marshall County Animal Rescue League will be holding its annual Yard Sale at the Moundsville Rifle and Pistol Club, located near the intersection of Fork Ridge and Big Grave Creek. The hours are 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., all three days.

If you have items to drop off for the sale, you can do so on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdayand Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Also, it’s American Red Cross Blood Drive Day from 12:45-5:15 p.m., Thursday at the former West Virginia Penitentiary (Eighth Street entrance).

The Moundsville Lions Club and the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC) are the sponsors.

You can sign up for a particular time by calling 1-800-733-2767 or by visiting REDCROSSBLOOD.org and enter: LIONS. Walk-ins will be accepted.

The fourth annual “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation” Community Wide Food Drive will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Teams that have agreed to collect food from their neighbors, and those that represent businesses and organizations are to drop off items from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, from where on Wednesday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. representatives from food pantries, soup kitchens, and organizations providing food-related assistance will pick up items designated to them.

These agencies have witnessed an increase in individuals and families accessing these services during summer months.

The organizations in Marshall County working on the front lines of addressing issues of hunger and lack of access to affordable and nutritious food are asking for assistance in this undertaking.

Typical high need items are: canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned meats, baby cereal, baby formula, peanut butter, pasta and sauce, condiments and spices, rice, jams/jellies, creamed soups.

Anyone with questions pertaining to this endeavor is asked to contact the Marshall County Family Resource Network, at frnoutreach@comcast.net.

Several free outdoor concerts will be taking place at the stage near the Vue Bar & Grill at Grand Vue Park this summer. In fact, two have already taken place.Erin Huffman performed this past Friday, and Nate Moran took the stage on Saturday.

New Age Adenas will perform beginning at 7 p.m. this Friday.

While on the subject of Grand Vue Park, the summer hours of operation at four sites are as follows:

Pool — Daily from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesdays are also Family Fun Nights from 6:30-8 p.m.

Aerial Park — Fridays through Mondays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Mini Golf — Daily from noon until 8 p.m.

Flurry’s Ice Cream Shop — from noon until 8 p.m., daily.

The free Marshall County Summer Concert Series, sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will get underway Friday at Riverfront Park in Moundsville with the Ron Retzer Trio featured in the first of the six free musical performances.

The concert will be from 7-9 p.m.

Sponsors of the concert will be the Marshall County Commission, Moundsville Pharmacy and Green Tab (media sponsor).

The Marshall County Historical Society will sponsor several events in celebration of West Virginia’s birthday, which is June 20. However, the MCHS activities will take place on June 15. They are free and open to the public all day.

The events are at the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale, with the hours being 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The fun will begin with a “Hunt for History” scavenger hunt sponsored by the society. A map with questions has been posted on the Cockayne website and Facebook page, or a map can be picked up at the public libraries in Moundsville, Benwood-McMechen or Cameron. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three winners through a drawing. To be eligible to win a prize, maps with answers must be turned in at the Cockayne Farmstead prior to 3 p.m. on June 15. Also, at the Cockayne Farmstead, there will be a petting zoo complete with sheep, ducklings, donkeys and either a llama or alpaca There will be a horse surrey with rides available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

At the MCHS Museum at the corner of 13th Street and Lockwood Avenue in Moundsville, people can browse through the history of Marshall County and take time to visit the society’s genealogy files. Refreshments to honor West Virginia’s birthday will be available.

The theme at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex will be ”Growing Corn during WV Late Pre-History,” with a presentation by David Fuerst, president of the West Virginia Archaeological Society. This will take place from 2:30-4 p.m.

In conjunction with the Society’s WV Day, persons can attend a Car Show to benefit Suicide and Epilepsy Awareness from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the north parking lot of John Marshall High School.The Cockayne Homestead will get a jump on West Virginia Day, which is June 20, by holding a West Virginia Day Celebration from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on June 15.


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