MEIGS COUNTY — Memorial Day is set aside to honor the more than 1.8 million soldiers who have died in service to the United States since 1775.
Originally called Decoration Day, the service came about as a result of the Civil War and a desire to honor those fallen soldiers.
The date of Decoration Day was chosen because it was not the anniversary of any particular battle.
Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, proclaimed in his General Order No. 11, “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”
Locally, several tributes are planned in Meigs County on Memorial Day.
American Legion Post 39 in Pomeroy announced their plans for Memorial Day services; tributes begin at 9:30 a.m. at Rockspring Cemetery. The post then travels to Beech Grove Cemetery at 10 a.m.; Sacred Heart Cemetery, 10:30 a.m.; and the Bridge of Honor (Pomeroy-Mason Bridge), at 11 a.m.
Post 39 will gather at noon on the Pomeroy Levee for a memorial service with guest speaker Commander Dale Thoene from Meigs Chapter 53 Disabled American Veterans. Thoene is a native of Bow Valley, Neb., who moved to Meigs County in 1979 after serving in the U.S. Air Force. Also part of the program is Pastor Dennis Moore of Common Ground Mission Church, Gladys Cummings who will be speaking on “Poppy Fields,” and the Southern High School Marching Band.
Following the conclusion of the Levee services, Post 39 will travel to their 1:30 p.m. observance at Meigs Memory Gardens, Chester at 2 p.m. and complete the day’s tributes at Hemlock Grove Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
Feeney-Bennett American Legion Post 128 in Middleport has scheduled tributes that begin at 8:45 a..m. on the Middleport Levee. The post will then travel to Middleport Riverview Cemetery for a 9 a.m. tribute; 9:15 a.m. at Bradford Cemetery; 9:30 a.m. at Middleport Hill Cemetery; 10:15 a.m. at Addison Cemetery; 10:30 a.m. at Cheshire Gravel Hill Cemetery; 11 a.m. at Middleport Gravel Hill Cemetery; 11:15 a.m. at Stewart-Bennett Park in Middleport; 12:30 p.m. at Howell Hill Cemetery; and 1 p.m. at Burlingham Cemetery.
Burlingham Church in Burlingham will conduct their 126th Memorial Day service; the Honor Guard of Feeney Bennett Post 128 of the American Legion of Middleport will be performing the military tribute at the cemetery at 1 p.m.
Racine American Legion Post 602 will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. at American Legion Memorial Park in Racine. Light refreshments will be served following the tribute.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551.