On Sunday, July 4 the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park was packed for the Mason County Ministerial Association’s Fourth of July Celebration. The event also was organized and hosted by the Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Point Pleasant.
The celebration kicked off with a free hot dog dinner provided by area churches. Point Pleasant Mayor Brian Billings along with Rev. Richard DeQuasie, president of the Mason Co. Ministerial Association, welcomed those in attendance. Nearly 1,000 people attended the event.
One of the big drawing points of the evening was the performance by the Rev. Squire Parsons, a native of West Virginia and former Hannan High School band director. Also taking place during the celebration was an emotional tribute to the military. Each military branch was honored during the event, balloons were released and TAPS was played at the end of the service.
Rev. Nancy Hamm, member of the planning committee, described the Fourth of July celebration as being “beautiful.”
“We had over 1,000 attendees,” Hamm said. “The choir did a wonderful job with their Cantata ‘Stars and Stripes Forever,’ and we had the Marine Guard do a 21-Gun Salute. We also placed a wreath in the Ohio River to remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.”