With over 60 units lined up in position, the 2nd Annual Ripley Veterans' Day Parade kicked off just before 10:00 am. The Parade Marshals were the Veterans of the Korean War, and rode in style in a series of antique and classic cars.
Joining the Korean War Vets were many of last year's honorees, the World War II Vets of Jackson County. Following the Parade, Veterans, guests, speakers and the public gathered at the Jackson County Courthouse for the annual Veterans Memorial Service. A wreath was set among the markers and flags, and the recognition included a remembrance of our nation's POWs and MIAs.
Following the Courthouse ceremony, the Ripley Wal-Mart held a recognition of Veterans' Day. The Ripley High School Show Choir performed several songs, and American Flags were presented to several of the Veterans present, along with a special one to Ripley Mayor Carolyn Rader.
Rounding out the special events of 11-11-11 was the opening ceremonies and ribbon cutting for the new Jackson County Armory, located in nearby Millwood, WV. Several hundrend people attended, along with representatives from the Governor and both U.S. Senators. The Ripley High School Show Choir also performed, along with the "Rave Review" Chorus from Ravenswood High School. In addition, the 249th Army Band of the Army Reserve and National Guard performed, and a special dedication plaque with the image of General (Retired) Tackett.
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