Carbon County's largest tribute to the men and women who served in the military – the Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade – will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, beginning at 11 a.m.
The five-division lineup, in which 88 entries are scheduled to participate, will be headed by World War II veteran Christy Lisella, a 91-year-old lifelong resident of the community.
The traditional memorial services held in Ludlow Park (see related story on page 3) will precede the parade at 10 a.m. Following that program, Lisella will ring the former Summit Hill High School bell in Ludlow park to signal the start of the parade. It will then proceed west on Ludlow Street, round St. Joseph Catholic Church, and flow the entire length of White Street until disbanding at the cemetery complex at the eastern end of the community.
The official parade lineup is as follows:
First Division (form on Ludlow Street, from Walnut to Market streets): Summit Hill Police, Grand Marshal Christy Lisella, Summit Hill American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill American Legion Auxiliary Unit 316, 2012 Poppy Queen Molly Newton, American Legion 30th District Commander, Summit Hill Sons of the American Legion, Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle, Summit Hill Historical Society, Summit Hill Water Authority, Summit Hill Heritage Center, Panther Valley Marching Band, Panther Valley Cheerleaders, Panther Valley JROTC and Summit Hill Fire Company.
Second Division (form on Market Street, from Ludlow to Hazard streets): Carbon-Schuylkill Marine Corps League, Pocono Region Bagpipe Band, Sen. John Yudichak, Rep. Doyle Heffley, Carbon County Commissioners, Carbon County Sheriff's Department, Summit Hill Cub Scouts, Anthracite Little League, Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, Winnie-the-Pooh Pre-School, Tom Fredericks' Classic Car, Our Lady of the Angels Academy Band, St. Gabriel's Italian Club, Lansford Ambulance, Lansford Fire Company, Lehighton Ambulance, Lehighton Fire Department, Mahoning Valley Ambulance and Mahoning Valley Fire Company.
Third Division (form on Hazard Street, from Market to Walnut streets): Lansford American Legion, Lansford American Legion Auxiliary, Lansford AMVETS, Lansford Police, Panther Valley Mayors, Dance Explosion, SummitHillParade.com, PV cheerleaders (accepting donations for next year's parade), Coaldale Cub Pack 740, Grace Community Church, Lansford Girl Scouts and Brownies, Blue Eagle Drum and Bugle Corps, Yuengling Beer Wagon, Heisler's Milk Wagon, Pa. National Guard-Lehighton, Jim Thorpe A.O.H., Nesquehoning Ambulance, Nesquehoning Fire Company, New Columbus Fire Company.
Fourth Division (form on Ludlow Street, from market to Chestnut streets): Civil War Unit Co., 81st Pa. Volunteers, Little Miss Stay-at-Home Festival, Little Master Stay-at-Home Festival, Carbon County Navy Club, Panther Valley Youth Soccer, Coel Neamh Pipes and Drums, ACS Telethon Car Raffle, Stanley Zabo's Antique Cars, United Inspection Services, Carbon County United Way, Carbon County School for the Performing Arts, Sgt. Nick Heist & Co. Army Jeep, Gloria Dillon Dance Queen, Penn's Peak Radio, Hauto Fire Company, Hometown Fire Company, Tamaqua Ambulance and Laurel Fire Company.
Fifth Division (form on Ludlow Street, from Market to Chestnut streets): Coaldale V.F.W., Coaldale V.F.W. Auxiliary, Coaldale American Legion, Pa. National Guard-Hometown, Jeff Reigel's 1979 Pierce Fire Truck, Coolbreeze Imaging, Marian High School Marching Band, East Penn Fire Company, Tamaqua Rescue Squad, Citizen's Fire Company, Bowmanstown Fire Company, Franklin Township Fire Company, Versalift East of Bethlehem, Weatherly Ambulance, New England Fire Company/Walker Township, Albrightsville Fire Company, Coaldale Ambulance and Coaldale Fire Company.
In conjunction with the parade, the Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade Committee is once again sponsoring its home-decorating contest. Residents are asked to decorate their homes/properties in red, white and blue for the holiday season.
Guests from out of town will judge the contest on the Sunday before the holiday with cash prizes to be awarded by the committee.