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“So we don’t forget” a ???? Wendy Barr, a volunteer with the Tri-State Young Marines participating in the seventh annual Memorial Brick Run, which was the destination of the Ohio Veterans Memorial Park in Clinton, Ohio, explained the name behind that park feature. Borrowed from a line in a well-known poem from the 19th century, the phrase “So that we don’t forget” ???? means “???? it shouldn’t be forgotten.” ???? We say or write “so that we don’t forget” ???? in commemorations to always remember of the service and sacrifice of people who served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. “

WINTERSVILLE – The American Legion Riders of Stevens-Christian Memorial Post # 557 organized the seventh annual Memorial Brick Run on May 15.

The Brick Run started in Wintersville in the Post’s picnic shelter, and the Legion Riders left the lot shortly after 10 a.m. This was followed by the truck with the memorial stones and a chartered “Honor Bus” that carried a dozen veterans and representatives of the Tri-State Young Marines from Weirton.

After a stop at West End Pizza in Malvern, the caravan continued to the Ohio Veterans Memorial Park in Clinton, Ohio. “Many police stations stopped traffic along the way so that the caravan that accompanied the memorial stones could stay together,” said Wendy Barr, a volunteer with the Tri-State Young Marines.

“This beautiful ceremony began with the Invocation to Wendell Keyser, the tri-state Young Marines Color Guard, who showcased our nation’s colors, and the national anthem was performed by Michele Wisniewski, Navy veteran and founder of the Voices of Honor, “noted Barr.

Der May 15 was Armed Forces Day and 33 memorial stones were placed in memory of members of the American Legion from various posts. “Each name on each brick was read out and carried with our nation’s flag next to it on the service flag of the military branch he or she served,” explained Barr, adding that some of the bricks were worn by family members who were present. “What a fine day to honor and remember those who served,” she commented.

The ceremony ended with a 21-round salute from the American Legion Honor Guard Post 557 with ” Taps ”and the echo“ Taps ”by Jay Shelton and Mike Bongart.

The Memorial Brick Run takes place every year on Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday in May. Barr pointed out that it wasn’t a poker run, but an escorted drive to the Ohio Veterans Memorial Park to the brick factory. Drivers or groups of drivers can choose their own route home or for a subsequent dinner. All proceeds will go to local charities and organizations.

Representatives from the Tri-State Young Marines shared their thoughts on being a part of the special event.

YM / CPL ABIGAIL TIMMS: “What an amazing day! It was such an honor. I love this device more than I can explain. They’re more than just my colleagues at Young Marines. They are my family and it is even more an honor to be able to serve and remember our veterans with them. Today was amazing. Thank you for this great day and this great time today! “

YM / LCPL MADDISON COFFMAN:” I’m very happy that I didn’t have to stay in the color monitor all the time and also have to place some stones. The ceremony was very special because I was allowed to walk families with families to place their fallen veteran’s brick and also felt this feeling of gratitude and gratitude for it. – –

YM / LCPL APRIL MOFFO: “It is definitely a beautiful place to honor our loved ones and fallen soldiers from Vietnam and other wars. It is moving to see all the names of people who have sacrificed themselves so we can be free today. The weather was beautiful and it was an amazing ceremony and I am honored to be part of it with the Tri-State Young Marines. I love my unit not just because we honor our respect and respect, but because our unit is like a family that makes everything so much more amazing. “

YM / SSGT RJ BARR:” I was honored to be part of this year’s Brick Run. I loved that the Legion riders selected the Young Marines to help them with the ceremony. “

YM / SGT SHAUN LEBBANO:” We have come together to remember and honor the fallen, so they will be at the memorial always with a physical one Brick to be remembered. “

YM / PFC ANDREW COFFMAN:” I am very happy that I was able to place bricks with the families of the fallen veterans. I was glad to feel honorable for those who fell. “

YM / PVT LIAM SUMMERS:” What I like about the brick factory is the recognition of fallen veterans and their duty. The second is to show respect to the fallen veterans. It was a great event. “

YM / PVT THOMAS STANCHFIELD:“ My favorite part was when we were on the bus for the brick trip because we were accompanied by the police and the bus was really cool. I also loved the bus because of all of the veterans who were on the bus. “

YM / LCPL GIANNA TRUAX:” I had a lot of fun with the brick run. I enjoyed identifying fallen veterans. You are gone but will never be forgotten. I also enjoyed doing the activity with my friends. It was a great event. “

YM / LCPL DEZIRAE WARE:” An amazing experience. My favorite part the first time was the Color Guard. I had a lot of fun and everyone did well. “

YM / PVT CASH RIDGELY:” The brick run is great because you can hold a flag and a veteran stone. I have to ride a bus with veterans and stop at a pizza place. “

The Tri-State Young Marines, according to their website, are a national youth program for boys and girls ages 8 through high school that focuses on leadership, citizenship through community service, self-discipline, and a healthy, drug-free lifestyle .

The website states: “After completing 26 hours of recruit training, which is carried out on regular practice nights and is affectionately referred to as“ Boot Camp ”, participants will receive the title Young Marine and the honor of participating in a Young Marine To wear uniform. Graduated Young Marines participate in numerous activities in our region. These include charitable projects, parades, overnight camps, team building activities, and excursions to historical landmarks. “

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