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North Central West Virginia to mark Veterans Day with parades, ceremonies

By DARLENE J. SWIGER

The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG, W.Va.  — Veterans Day will be celebrated throughout North Central West Virginia with parades, free meals and ceremonies to honor those who served our country and continue to do so today.

Meuse-Argonne Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 573’s annual Veterans Day parade and ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Jackson Square in downtown Clarksburg.

A series of traditional vehicles usher in the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Fairmont in 2016.
(Exponent-Telegram file photo by John Mark Shaver)

Terry Massey, new associate director at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, will be the keynote speaker, according to event coordinator Paul Howe.

The parade is scheduled to start at noon. Entries are still being accepted. Call the VFW Post 573 quartermaster at 304-622-3591 for more information.

Also in Harrison County, the Shinnston Lions Club, Shinnston American Legion Post 31 and Auxiliary and the Bice-Ferguson Memorial Museum will team up to sponsor the Shinnston Veterans Day celebration on Saturday.

It will begin with a Veterans Parade at 11 a.m. Lineup will be above the Veterans Memorial, next to the new bridge, according to Lions Club President Dave Minor.

“Captain Thomasina Scudere, Sergeant Bill Matheny and Herb Richardson — all military officers — will serve as parade co-marshals,” Minor said. “Following the parade, they will share their experiences during a program at the Shinnston American Legion Post 31.”

American Legion Post 31 Commander Bruce Grimes said the Ladies Auxiliary provides a free lunch for all veterans.

Entries will be accepted for the parade up until the last minute, according to Minor.

Fairmont VFW Posts 7048 and Post 629 are sponsoring a Veterans Day parade Saturday. Lineup will start at 11 a.m., and the parade will start at 1 p.m. at Palatine Park.

“Each post will provide grand marshals. It will end at Veterans Square, where we will do a wreath presentation in honor of Marion County veterans,” Post 7048 member Kami Elliott said. “Before the parade, the Marion County Honor Guard will be doing a presentation at Marion Park at the Vietnam Memorial where we recognize those veterans specifically who gave their lives from Marion County.”

There are three events being planned to recognize Lewis County veterans.

A free veterans luncheon will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the Hacker’s Creek Pioneer Library, 45 Abbotts Run Road, Horner. Spouses are welcome for $4. For additional information, call 304-269-7091.

A breakfast buffet is planned from 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Weston. Admission is free for all veterans.

The Weston Veterans Day parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday downtown. Lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The Doddridge County Veterans Day parade will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Cline Stansberry Football Stadium and continue down Main Street. The parade is coordinated by VFW Post 3408 and American Legion Post 25.

All three Doddridge County schools will host a program in honor of veterans at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Doddridge County High School.

The Grafton Veterans Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 11. It will start at the Elks Club on Main Street and conclude at the Grafton National Cemetery, where a program is held at 11 a.m.

Those who would like to register for the Grafton parade can call 304-476-8727.

Those who pre-register will be named in the program.

Staff writer Darlene J. Swiger can be reached at (304) 626-1403 or [email protected]

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