It is with heavy hearts that they'll march to the beat of the drum, fully aware of the significance at hand.
Patriotism will once again reign supreme at the annual Memorial Day Parade in Palmerton, which will be held Monday, May 28.
The parade will start at 10 a.m. at Second and Delaware Avenue. It will form at 9:30 a.m. at Dynamite Woodworking, at Second and Delaware Avenue. From there, it will continue on to Fifth and Delaware, where it will turn left at the former IGA Golden Key Market to Franklin Avenue, and then back to the park, where it will disband.
There will be no parking on Delaware Avenue from Second Street East to Fifth Street, on Fifth Street between Delaware Avenue, and on the 400 block of Franklin Avenue from Fifth Street to Fourth Street from 8-11 a.m.
The United Veteran's Organization of Palmerton, which is made up of American Legion Post 269 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7134, will once again sponsor the parade.
Ella Cronk, 9, a fourth-grade student at S.S. Palmer Elementary, will serve as Miss Poppy. She is the daughter of John and Anne Marie Cronk, and the granddaughter of Joe Uhnak, First Vice Commander, Palmerton American Legion.
Adrian Holthausen, 11, a fifth-grade student at Towamensing Elementary, will serve as the Legion Mascot. He is the son of Peter and Michelle Holthausen. Peter Holthausen is the current VFW Commander.
The Legion Mascot and Miss Poppy will bring the wreath for the Veterans monument at the borough hall through the parade. The parade will stop to place the wreath at the monument on Delaware Avenue in honor of all veterans.
Parade participants will be local Boy Scouts Girl Scouts Fire Companies and Emergency Services. The color guard will be members of Palmerton UVO.
Services will be held immediately after the parade in the borough park. In case of rain, the services will be inside the S.S. Palmer Elementary School adjacent to the park. In case of inclement weather, the parade will not be held, and the services would be moved to the S.S. Palmer gymnasium at 10 a.m.
The Main Speaker is Command Sergeant Major Daniel A Dailey, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
A 1990 graduate of Palmerton Area High School, Dailey enlisted in the Army in 1989.
Susie Arner, committee chair, said "everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate and/or attend and show your support."
Those who would like to obtain a poppy may do so at the services, as scouts in attendance will circulate with poppies and accept donations for them. The proceeds will go to the Palmerton American Legion for their projects.