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Tigers, Veterans Share a Common Bond

By Staff | Jun 1, 2016

Tyler County had a banner weekend filled with opportunities to meet and greet, and come together as a community.

Hundreds of Sistersville High School’s alumni descended on town for a reunion that will be talked about for years. The town welcomed these folks with open arms. Orange banners hung above the downtown streets. Store windows had displays of old yearbooks. And who could forget the massive parade that looped around the block? The alumni theme was “Heroes and Villains” and there were plenty to be seen as they marched up Wells Street. Charlie McCoy, Class of 56, a retired stock broker and venture capitalist, dressed as Batman. Zombies surrounded a truck carrying a float with group of “brains” who were corralled within a fence. Tons of candy was handed out by beauty queens and others.

After the parade, many folks headed to Sistersville’s Pool to beat the 90 degree heat. That pool was packed with kids, parents and alumni. Even the toddler pool was busy as little kids splashed around for hours.

On Monday, veterans gathered for a Memorial Day service. Rifles fired volleys into the air as people reflected on what it took to keep this nation free. Afterward, many people went to the Sistersville VFW for an All-American lunch that came complete with hot dogs and chocolate cake decorated with tiny American flags. The veterans greeted each other with open arms – the same as SHS alumni did during their weekend long reunion.

Tigers and veterans share a common bond through their support for one another and their love of Tyler County.