We urge area residents to get out and support the area's Memorial Day services.
Memorial Day didn't evolve as a family picnic holiday. Memorial Day is dedicated to those brave men and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces, protecting our freedoms - many of whom called our section of the world home.
Sure, many of us have family plans, but let's also participate by attending one of the following events:
In Wellsville, events begin at 9 a.m. Monday at Fourth Street Memorial Park. Following a small program, a parade will proceed to Spring Hill Cemetery where the lighting of the memorial flame takes place.
In East Liverpool, a service takes place at 10 a.m. Monday at the Broadway Wharf. The parade begins at 11 a.m. through the downtown streets. A program on the steps of City Hall takes place immediately following the parade.
In Chester, a ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. Monday at Post 121.
The annual Salineville Memorial Day parade begins at 9 a.m. Monday.
And today, events go on all day - beginning with a flag raising at 9:30 a.m. at Calcutta Community Park. All other activities take place at Calcutta Square. And the fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.
Remember, while traveling - and it's projected that many of you will will be on our roadways for at least a 50-mile trek - please do so cautiously.
And finally, keep the fireworks to the professionals.
Let's make this a safe holiday.