Memorial Day file

A crowd gives respect to the flag during the National Anthem at the Memorial Day ceremony in 2018.

Note: An original version of this story listed an incorrect time provided by the American Legion for the Monday parade in Athens. The story has since been corrected and has been confirmed by parade organizers.

Memorial Day activities around Athens County have been announced for Monday, May 27.

Athens ceremonies

The day will begin with a breakfast at the American Legion at 520 W. Union St. from 7-9 a.m. It is open to the public.

The annual parade will lineup behind Athens Middle School at 9:30 a.m., with the parade to start at 10:00 a.m. It will proceed through downtown and end up at the West Union Street Cemetery for a ceremony.

Those interested in participating in the parade can call the American Legion at 740-592-4027 or Matt Hoisington at 740-590-8073.

The American Legion will serve lunch following the ceremony.

Another annual ceremony will be hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Athens branch. The organization will host Memorial Day at the Ridges, honoring those buried there to help break the stigma of mental illness. The event will begin at 1 p.m.


The Glouster American Legion Post #414 will host its own ceremony on Monday at 10 a.m. This will feature the Trimble High School band, guest speakers and a military flyover with a fighter jet, according to Commander Marv Shamhart. 

New Marshfield

The Gilham Frank VFW Post 8804 in New Marshfield will host its 72nd Annual Memorial Day service in the New Marshfield Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m. This year's guest speaker will be U.S. Navy Veteran David Root, the state VFW commander. The event will feature music from the Alexander High School Marching Band, Charley and Celia Lewis, and Ron Baughman. For information, call Dave Milner at 740-818-3200.

Other events

There are two other veterans-themed events slated for this weekend prior to Memorial Day.

First will be flag placings on veterans’ graves at several cemeteries in Athens. Volunteers can meet at the West Union Street Cemetery on Saturday, May 25 at 9 a.m. to help out. This is part of a larger effort to provide flags on all veterans’ graves throughout the county.

The Albany VFW is providing holders and flags to all those who need a new holder or flag and can be contacted at 740-698-8841.

Separately, the American Legion Military Museum (Post 229) in Nelsonville is offering regular tours on Saturday, May 25 beginning at noon. The museum is reportedly accepting a donation of an 1857 French model infantry rifle. The converted ZULU shotgun inspired a history book entitled “One Gun, Three Lives” written by Joseph Besecker, who is hosting a book signing at the museum on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. For more details, contact co-curators Burt and Denise Harter at 740-797-3261.

If there are other Memorial Day weekend events or ceremonies planned, contact The Messenger newsroom at 740-592-6612 or email

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