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The Ironton–Lawrence County Memorial Day parade is recognized as the oldest continuously held Memorial Day Parade in the Nation. In 1868, General John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, declared May 30, 1868, as Decoration Day. On that day, the citizens of Ironton upheld the order and included a parade in honor of the Civil War dead, as a part of the Decoration Day ceremonies.
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Though originally established to commemorate those veterans who died during the Civil War, Decoration Day was eventually renamed Memorial Day, and today honors all those who have served and given their lives defending and protecting our Country’s freedom.

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The parade continues to be annually recognized for the excellent cooperation of the various groups and volunteers that attend. The parade boasts over 1800 participants, 12 divisions, and over 30,000 spectators.

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138 Years of Caring... Enjoy our pictures of the 138th running of the Ironton Memorial Day Parade! Click Here

Memorial Weekend Royal Classic Basketball Tournament Highlights Click Here

 

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