By Wade Linville –
Members of the Ripley community gathered on Monday with one common goal in mind, to pay tribute to the fallen heroes who served in the United States Armed Forces.
In what has become a Memorial Day tradition in Ripley, a crowd came together in the early afternoon to begin the ceremony at the Front Street Memorial along the Ohio River.
Serving as emcee for the ceremony was Ripley Village Council Member Tiffany Regenstein.
Following prayer led by David Harper of United Methodist Church, attendees enjoyed the singing of the National Anthem by the Methodist Men’s Choir and joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Following the ceremony at the Front Street Memorial, the parade to Maplewood Cemetery began with the parade stopping at the Red Oak Creek bridge for the traditional tossing of the wreath into Red Oak Creek in honor of the service men and women who were lost at sea.
The parade continued to Maplewood Cemetery, where the final part of the Memorial Day services in Ripley took place.