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150th Ironton/Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade
May 31, 2018 : Southern Campus Pays Respects in 150th Ironton Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade
Ohio University’s Southern Campus proudly participated in the 150th Ironton Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade on Monday. The parade is the longest continuously running Memorial Day parade in the nation and commemorates the lives of men and women who died in service to our nation. More than 30,000 spectators line the streets of Ironton for the event each year. Organizers estimate more than 2,000 people participate in the various floats and units which comprise the three hour parade.
2018 Southern campus parade float
The Southern Campus float won the 2018 “Best Theme” award in judging by the parade committee. The theme, “150 Years of Honor,” was portrayed in the float with a large eagle, adorned with red, white and blue and included a large medallion. Southern’s float was designed by Tom Suter, art lecturer and constructed by the student ambassadors, alumni, faculty and staff volunteers.


The Southern Campus commissioned a commemorative medallion, also designed by Suter, to mark the sesquicentennial parade. One hundred of the medallions were made and were given to veterans along the parade route by members of the Southern Campus parade ensemble.
2018 Southern campus float crew

Students of Electronic Media studies produced a live stream broadcast of the parade. Their program was dedicated in honor of Norman Beebe, a long-time volunteer in the Electronic Media program, who served as a mentor to students. Beebe, a U.S. Navy veteran who served in both World War II and the Korean War, died at age 95 last year. The parade’s 9th Division is named in Beebe’s honor and is the division in which the Southern Campus participates.
Dean Pennington, Ironton Memorial Day ParadeParticipating in the Memorial Day Parade is a long-standing tradition in Lawrence County, said Nicole Pennington, Dean of the Southern Campus. “Our community heritage includes strong ties to patriotism and honor for those who fought ensuring our freedom,” Pennington said. “It is gratifying to see so many of our students, alumni, faculty and staff joining together to remember our veterans,” she said.
In addition to the themed float, the Southern Campus was represented in the parade by Dean Pennington, the Southern Campus Community Band, Student Ambassadors, the Ohio Horse Park and Equine Studies programs with many faculty, staff and students participating along the route on foot.