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Ironton’s Memorial Day weekend activities begin tonight

By DAVID E. MALLOY For The Herald-Dispatch dmalloy@herald-dispatch.comMay 24, 2019

IRONTON — All around town, Ironton residents are gearing up for one of their busiest weekends of the year as part of the nation’s longest, continuous running Memorial Day Parade.

“It’s one big family reunion,” Ironton Mayor Katrina Keith said Wednesday. “So many people in our community are impacted by this parade. If you’ve lived in Ironton, you’ve been part of the parade in some form or fashion. I’m really looking forward to it. It is Ironton’s homecoming.”

Lawrence County Commissioner Freddie Hayes Jr. said that 20,000 people will watch the parade that starts adjacent to the courthouse, heads through the downtown and winds through a residential section of South 6th Street.

“It’s supposed to be a blistering 91 degrees on Memorial Day,” Keith said.

Memorial Day activities in Ironton kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday with Navy Night. A wreath is placed on the Ohio River honoring Navy veterans and those who gave their lives for their country.

On Friday, the Ohio Flags of Honor will open to the public at 5 p.m. Friday at the Ironton Hills Plaza. The traveling display of flags represents the fallen service men and women from Ohio. It is sponsored by the Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club Kentucky VIII.

The flags will be on display through Memorial Day.

The Charity Fair is scheduled Saturday and Sunday at St. Joseph High School. The Charity Fair also is open through the two-hour parade which runs right by the school.

Also Saturday and Sunday, the Kings and Queens of the Court, a three-on-three competition, is planned at the basketball courts along South 9th Street. This is the first year ladies will be competing, Keith said.

Tom Mabe, a comedian, is scheduled to perform at Saturday night the Ro-Na Theater. Tickets for the performance are $50 each.

A veterans memorial service is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday at Woodland Memorial Cemetery.

A 5K run is planned early Monday and the parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Monday.

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