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Veterans shown appreciation in Belmont County

Every year, the Bellaire Sons of Italy feeds hundreds of hungry veterans via a spaghetti dinner.

Every year, the Bellaire Sons of Italy feeds hundreds of hungry veterans via a spaghetti dinner.

Roughly 354-to-400 of them, according to president Doug Hartlieb.

The event began at 3 o'clock and continues through 7 p.m.

“The veterans come in, we feed them and their family, and we like to make everything good for them because of what they've done for us,” Hartlieb said. “We like to honor them."

--And in Martins Ferry, the city is busy preparing for its annual Veterans Day Parade, set for Saturday afternoon.

The event was first put together 6 years ago and has continued to grow. Dozens of motorcycles from the American Legion Riders and the Patriot Guard attend event, along with several hundred onlookers.

"I feel all the veterans and soldiers out there, sailors, Marines, they deserve to be recognized for everything they’ve done for this country,” organizer Kirk Roth said. “The valley as a whole for a long time did nothing. Now the valley's doing a lot better job with it, and I'd like to think that us spearheading this thing over there has helped make that happen."

“We have the city involved, the mayor will be here, and we have fire departments, they’ve been more than gracious,” organizer Bruce Shrodes said. “They supply fire trucks, and they have hot dogs and everything prior to the parade, and then after the parade, the Elks Club will host a free turkey dinner to all veterans that show up. "

The parade kicks off at 2 p.m.

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