By Colleen S. Good
Times West Virginian
Marion County will be observing Veterans Day with a variety of events throughout the day Monday.
South Fairmont Rotary Club is hosting its fifth annual Veterans Day Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the ISR Building (Robert H. Mollohan Building) in the High Tech Park.
The event will be catered by Aladdin, and will feature a presentation on Honor Flights and a talk by veteran Richard Robison, now a senior program manager at NASA. Honor Flight is a program to fly veterans to Washington D.C., to visit war memorials there, and South Fairmont Rotary hopes to sponsor an Honor Flight in 2014.
The breakfast is open to Rotary members, veterans and the general public. It is free to veterans, and $10 for other guests.
After breakfast, Marion County residents can come downtown to watch the Veterans Day parade in Fairmont. Lineup begins at noon at Palatine Park. The parade will start at 1 p.m., and will finish up at Veterans’ Square. More than 50 groups have signed up to be in the parade.
Once the parade finishes around 2 p.m., a Veterans Day service will take place at Veterans’ Square. Fairmont Mayor Ronald Straight, a Vietnam War veteran, will be acting as the master of ceremonies. State Delegates Tim Manchin, Mike Caputo and Linda Longstreth will be speaking, along with state Sen. Roman Prezioso. Straight will provide closing remarks, and Pastor James Zinn will be leading both the opening prayer and benediction.
After the service, VFW Post 629 will be offering free soup and sandwiches at the post at 802 Fairmont Ave.
“It’s open to anyone who wants to come,” Ed Kirby, member of VFW Post 629, said.
Kirby hopes for a good turnout at the parade and service this year, and said that it is important that people take the time this Veterans Day to honor their local veterans.
“If it wasn’t for the veterans, they wouldn’t have their way of life,” Kirby said.
In addition to the events happening in Fairmont, the city of Mannington will be sponsoring a Veterans Day ceremony at 4 p.m. at the North Marion Senior Center. The event will include guest speakers and a ceremony, as well as a free catered dinner. Guests will include government officials. Mannington Mayor Jim Taylor said that the event is intended as a tribute to local veterans.
“It’s our way for our community to say thanks for everything they’ve done,” Taylor said.
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