MIDDLEPORT — Placing flags on the graves of Meigs County veterans on Memorial Day has been something members of American Legion Posts have been doing for years.
It is their way of remembering those who fought for their country, and reminding others of the sacrifices they made.
Thousands of new flags in cemeteries across the county were put in place on the graves of deceased veterans by the legionnaires on Thursday and Friday.
Each year Feeney-Bennett Post 128 of Middleport, gives special recognition to Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sergeant Jimmy G. Stewart who is buried in the Riverview Cemetery by placing the blue Medal of Honor flag on his grave. Stewart was killed in action in Vietnam on May 28, 1966. He was honored for courage against overwhelming odds in protecting wounded comrades.
Dedicated to his memory was Stewart Field at Fort Benning, Ga. in February, 1968.
Stewart was born on Dec. 25, 1942 at West Columbia, W. Va., he graduated from Middleport High School in 1958, and enlisted in the U. S. Army in April, 1960.
Several legionnaires gathered at his grave site Thursday afternoon to pay tribute to the man who gave his life for his country.