Memorial Day parade and event schedule
by Joedy McCreary
PDT Staff Report
The Scioto County Memorial Day Association President has announced the 145th Memorial Day services in Portsmouth Monday, May 27.
The following Memorial Services are scheduled as follows:
8:30 a.m. High School floats line up for judging on 10th Street (Enter 10th St. from Gay Street).
9:00 a.m. POW-MIA Memorial Services at Tracy Park.
9:00 a.m. Parade line up at Tracy Park.
10:00 a.m. Memorial Day Parade departs. (Line up at Tracy Park and proceed South on Chillicothe St., East on Gallia St., North on Offnere St. to Greenlawn Cemetery).
11:15 a.m. Memorial Day Services at Greenlawn Cemetery.
1:00 p.m. Lost at Sea Memorial Services at the Court Street Landing, Ohio Riverfront.
2:00 p.m. Firefighters Memorial Services at the Central Fire Station, Co. No. 2 on Gallia Street.
This year’s featured speaker will be Colonel William Suver who is currently serving with the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort Dawson in West Virginia.
This year’s Grand Marshal will be SSgt Kristi Powell. Kristi served in support of Operation Desert Fox as a Security Forces Member with the U.S. Air Force and is currently employed with the Scioto County Veterans Service Commission in Portsmouth.
This year’s Honorary Grand Marshal will be Army Veteran Earl Jeffers. Mr. Jeffers served during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corp. The Scioto County Memorial Day Association Line Officers are President Paul Claxon, Vice President Rich Saddler, Secretary Tim Payne, Treasurer William Rush and Trustees Jim Bailey, Dr. Robert Nelson and Bill Hutchinson.
Starting this year, the Memorial Day Association will be opening the Memorial Day parade for all businesses, organizations and all individuals that wish to participate in the parade. All entities must keep to a U.S. Military and or Patriotic theme for decorations. Parade applications and parade participant guidelines can be picked up at the Veterans Service Office located in the Courthouse Annex on Sixth Street in Portsmouth. All applications must be returned to the Veterans Service Office no later than 4 p.m., Friday May 24, 2013.
Other activities starting this year will be a poster contest for all individual countywide elementary school students (K thru 5th grade) for the poster that gives the best information about the parade route and the ceremony at Greenlawn. It must include the day, date and times. The posters will be picked up at each Scioto County School’s Principal’s office the week of May 13 and will be returned by May 20 to be placed in businesses in the respective communities. Judging of the posters will be during that week. The winners will be announced at the ceremony at Greenlawn Cemetery after the parade on Memorial Day. All poster participants are required to be present at the cemetery in order to receive your prize. If the first place winner is not in attendance the second place person will be awarded the first place prize. A cash prize for best poster will be donated by Scioto County Commissioner Doug Coleman.
An essay contest for all individual countywide middle school students (6th thru 8th grade) will be held, seeking an essay that depicts the true meaning of what Memorial Day means to them. All essays will be picked up at each Scioto County School’s Principal’s office the week of May 20 and judged. The top three winners will be announced at 11:15 a.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery during the ceremony and all essay participants are required to be present. The cash prizes for the top three essays will be donated by the Sons of the American Legion James Dickey Squadron No. 23.
There will also be a best float contest for all countywide high school groups (9th thru 12th grade) that participate in the parade. Judging of the floats will begin at 9 a.m. on the 10th Street side of Tracy Park on Memorial Day and must be the best portrayal of the true or original meaning of what Memorial Day has been or is. The prize for the best float will be a traveling trophy with the name of the winning high school and the year it was won engraved on the trophy. The winning school will keep the trophy for the entire year and must return it to the Scioto County Memorial Day Association prior to the following year’s Memorial Day services. The traveling trophy was purchased and provided by the American Legion James Dickey Post 23. For further information on the various contests, contact Rhonda Madison of the Memorial Day Association at 740-354-0651.
Prizes will be presented to the contest winners during the Memorial Day services at Greenlawn Cemetery. All contest winners will need to be present. The first place winner of the essay contest will read their essay during the Memorial Services. The best float shall also be displayed during the Memorial Day Services at the Offnere Street entrance of Greenlawn Cemetery.
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