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