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Memorial Day Services Held in Sistersville

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | Jun 9, 2021

Rustilynn McIntyre 2nd Grade Student at Paden City Elemenatry School Guest Speaker

Memorial Day, which may serve as the unofficial start of the summer season in Sistersville, has a greater meaning to most local residents. Since the early days of our country following the Civil War, small towns just like ours across this great land have gathered to honor those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service for our country.

Sistersville’s riverfront Veterans Park served as the gathering spot for those residents wishing to take part in the traditional service of laying wreaths and displaying flags, but there was one thing noticeably different this year. The speaker that addressed the large crowd, many adorned in red, white and blue attire, needed a step stool in order to see over the podium.

Rustilynn McIntyre, a second grader at Paden City Elementary School, began by confidently requesting the crowd join her in saying the Pledge of Allegiance. From that moment forward all eyes and ears were focused on the well spoken youth as she explained the importance of Memorial Day and why this holiday is so important to the families of veterans who gave their lives for our freedom. In her sweet second grader voice, Rustilynn explained, “They are heroes for what they have done and are still doing for us today, so I ask that these heroes must stay alive in our hearts so we never forget the bravery and courage that it takes to do this job.”

Rustilynn, beautifully dressed in an American Flag printed dress and wearing sparkly white shoes, was escorted by USMC Lance Cpl. Ethan Wilson, who is also a Paden City native. Also Special Thanks go out to Sandra Billings and Amy Byard who spent their time making sure the Veterans Park looked its best for the service.