Monday, May 26 marks Memorial Day across the nation and Saturday in the Ohio Valley, one community came together to honor more than 700 of those who lost their lives while serving their country.
Ohio Post One of the Veterans of the Vietnam War have been decorating Linwood Cemetery for Memorial Day for decades and the event has grown every year. The Roughnecks Motor Cycle Club joined this year because of the strong ties their club has with the military and law enforcement. The Roughnecks were joined members of the American Heritage Girls out of Martins Ferry who have been placing flags for the past few years for a very special reason.
"We put out roughly 700 flags for Memorial Day every year and there's such a feeling of achievement and satisfaction that we know that we have honored those people who have gone before us," said Post 1 Member, Ronald Salvador.
The tradition of placing flags at the veterans' graves started with only a few members of Ohio Post 1 and has grown to include most of the Belmont County community. The Roughnecks enjoyed being a part of the tradition Saturday and look forward to continuing in the future, too.
"I'm sure it's going to turn into an annual thing now because we had a good turnout. It's a cold morning to ride, but it was nice," said Roughnecks Motorcycle Club member Harold Dumbroski.