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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Memmbers of the Civil ar Unit Co. 81st Pa. Volunteers, Civil War re-enactors, participate in Memorial Day parade in Summit Hill.

U.S. Army retiree Mario Iezzoni of Summit Hill told people gathered in Ludlow Park Monday about his close friend who was killed in combat in Korea.

He told people he was there after his friend was struck by enemy fire.

Iezzoni learned of the invasion of South Korea by North Korean forces in June 1950 while he was a young man, hanging out at Johnny's Bowling Alley in Lansford.

En route to Korea, he met an older soldier "who became my best friend."

That friend died on April 11, 1951, "in my first combat experience," Iezzoni said.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Jordan Reabold/Times News Lehighton UVO recognizes branches of the military at Lehighton Cemetery on Monday morning.

Lehighton's United Veterans Organization held Memorial Day services in Lehighton and Weissport on Monday.

The Lehighton Division formed at the Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard Monument and proceeded to the Catholic Cemetery.

Simultaneously, the Weissport Division began at the monument and proceeded to Union Hill Cemetery for services.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Eldred Township's Veterans Commission, left to right, Gladys Frable, Marlene Prutzman, Helen Mackes and Janet Smith conducted the Memorial Day service in Kunkletown.

Eldred Township's Veterans Commission held a solemn service for America's fallen heroes on Monday, May 26 in front of the Veterans Memorial at the Eldred Township municipal building in Kunkletown.

Members of the Veterans Commission read poems, like "In Flanders' Field" (Janet Smith) and "Let's Roll" (Gladys Frable.) Helen Mackes led all in prayer and said Memorial Day was "Our day to be together to remember our veterans." Smith led the gathering in singing, "The Star Spangled Banner," "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and "God Bless America."

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Area High School Red Raider Marching Band perform during the borough's Memorial Day Parade.

In Tamaqua, recognizing and remembering veterans happens every day, with the Hometown Heroes banners lining the borough's streets.

Monday's Memorial Day celebration, with a parade and ceremonies at Odd Fellows Cemetery and American Legion C.H. Berry Post 173, took things to a whole other level.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization march Monday in the annual Memorial Day Parade in Palmerton.

Supreme sacrifice.

Supreme, meaning "the highest", and sacrifice, meaning, "the giving up of one thing for the sake of another".

That was one of the chief messages relayed by Carbon County Director of Veterans Affairs, Henry Desrosiers, guest speaker, to those who attended the annual Memorial Day Parade in Palmerton on Monday.

Sponsored by the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization - American Legion Post 269, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7134 - the parade formed at Second Street and Delaware Avenue.

Monday, May 26, 2014

What a salute to veterans in Summit Hill, Monday.

Following a stirring service in Ludlow park, a parade lasting an hour and 20 minutes passed, with the entire route packed with people – most wearing patriotic attire or red, white and blue.

The parade was started with World War II Navy veteran Jack Bryant, 88, of Summit Hill, ringing the large bell in Ludlow Park. At his side was his wife, Fay.

Monday, May 26, 2014

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a young black bear that caused a stir when it appeared in a Philadelphia suburb over the weekend has been euthanized after being captured.

Fred Harran, public safety director in Bensalem, told reporters Monday that the animal was "put down" because of a broken leg. He said investigators believe the animal may have been struck by a car.

Monday, May 26, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a man was robbed and then thrown into a north Philadelphia construction site, where he was impaled on a piece of rebar.

A police spokeswoman told Philly.com (http://bit.ly/1npPAs1 ) that three or four males chased the 38-year-old victim down Broad Street, then beat and robbed him early Monday.

She said that the robbers then picked the man up and tossed him into a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority construction site on North Broad Street.

Sunday, May 25, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Charles Rowlands and Commander George Burke place a wreath on the grave of Allen O. Delke for whom the American Legion Post 16 home was named.

He was in battle only a short time and killed just before World War I ended.

Sunday, May 25, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Andrew Leibenguth, dressed in fatigues, stood at a podium in front of the Veterans' Memorial Garden in Coaldale on Sunday afternoon. he briefly introduced himself -- a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, medically discharged after being injured in a training accident in Iraq.

The featured speaker for the borough's Memorial Day ceremonies, Leibenguth, a Tamaqua Area High school graduate, quickly put the day into perspective.

Looking to his left, he beckoned, and a widely-spaced line of borough children began walking toward him.