Memorial Day 2021

AFSCME Local 771 City of Ironton Ohio members putting flags up along the city’s flood wall along the Ohio River. Member, Brain Caudil handing flags up to Wade Jenkins, and member Joe Brammer -not shown – is driving the truck.

On Monday, May 31st America will remember the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country. From large cities to small towns AFSCME Ohio Council 8 members across the state take great pride in honoring those who have served our nation.

Members in Council 8’s Athens region, serving 14 counties in Southeastern Ohio, included Ohio River towns of Ironton and Portsmouth, members of AFSCME Local 771 and AFSCME Local 1039 were on the job helping their communities honor those that served.

“Our members show their civic spirit every day on the job, but Memorial Day weekend is special,” said Athens Regional Vice President John Ackison, president of AFSCME Local 1699 representing Ohio University Employees in Athens, Ohio.

“Our members feel this is important and they take it seriously. Our region is made up of many smaller cities like Ironton and Portsmouth where our members are especially proud because most have family members who served the nation and they take putting up Memorial Day decorations as a personal duty as well as a job,” Ackison said.  

AFSCME Local 1039 City of Portsmouth members manicuring the city cemetery for Memorial Day weekend.

The first national celebration of Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) took place May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery. 100 years later in 1968, Congress established Memorial Day as a Federal holiday. The change went into effect in 1971.

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