Memorial Day events start Thursday in Miamisburg

Miamisburg’s Memorial Day events this year will begin on Thursday and will continue through Monday.

The Silver Taps ceremony will kick off the holiday weekend on Thursday at the Market Square Building, 4 N. Main St. The tribute to military veterans begins at 7 p.m. and is free. It will be followed the opening of the Miamisburg Historical Society’s Military Exhibit.

The military exhibits will also be open during historical society hours on Saturday and Wednesday from 1-4 p.m.

On Saturday, Rocky’s 5K Run or Walk for Freedom starts the day at Harmon Field on Jefferson Street. Registration and event ceremonies begin at 8 a.m. culminating with the 5K at 9 a.m. Participants may register at or at Harmon Field. A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit Veterans Memorial Park, according to organizers.

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On Saturday evening, the Victory Dinner/Dance will be hosted by the American Legion Post #165. Dinner will be from 6-7 p.m. and the dancing to the big band sounds of the Tom Benner Band will be from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $12 each and are available at the Legion on Main Street and the Market Square Building (Wednesday and Saturday 1-4 p.m.).

On Monday, memorial services will be held at each local cemetery starting at Our Lady of Good Hope Cemetery at 8:45 a.m.; Hillgrove Cemetery at 9:15 a.m.; Highland Cemetery at 9:40 a.m.; followed by a final service at the Linden Avenue Bridge at 10:30 a.m.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. starting at the Linden Avenue Bridge and traveling to Veterans Memorial Park. This year’s marshal will be Ben Leason, Sr. who served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Wrapping up the weekend’s events will be the annual memorial service and picnic following the parade at Veteran’s Memorial Park. The picnic in the park will include free hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream and bottled water. The picnic will begin after the memorial service.

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