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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 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.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Former Seaman 1st Class Eugene C. Ridenour of Kresgeville was the veteran honored at Polk Township Veterans Memorial Service. Daughter Lorrie Nothstein, left, granddaughter Jamie Rockwell and great-granddaughter Blair Rockwell laid a wreath in his memory.

United States Army Pvt. Brendon Smith conducted the Polk Township's Veterans Memorial Service at the Veterans Memorial site along Route 209 in Kresgeville on Sunday.

Smith, an Eagle Scout of Troop 102, Saylorsburg, and the first in his troop to earn the Eagle Palm, is also a volunteer fireman with West End Fire Company. He is enlisted in the Army National Guard and leaves Wednesday for basic training and AIT.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS USMC Iraq War Veteran SSgt. Adam Banotai, left, addresses the crowd during Memorial Day services held at Kennedy Park in Lansford. With Banotai is Richard D. Pogwist, past commander of the American Legion Post 123.

Amid the sound of the birds singing in the trees and before a solemn crowd of spectators, USMC Iraq War veteran Staff Sgt. Adam Banotai, said he once found the term "celebrate" (in relation to Memorial Day), to be offensive upon returning home from Fallujah in 2005.

Banotai was the guest speaker at the Lansford Memorial Day services held in Kennedy Park.

"I did not celebrate watching great men such as Nick Ziolkowski and Dan Malcolm fall by my side. Honor their lives, yes, but celebrate their deaths, no," said Banotai.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Palmerton has received a recycling grant in the amount of $26,105.

On a 5-0 vote Thursday, borough council accepted the Act 101 Recycling Grant. Councilman Michael Ballard and council President Terry Costenbader were absent.

The grant will be utilized to purchase new recycling containers for the borough.

In other business, council:

Ÿ Agreed to contract with the Pennsylvania Chief of Police Association to conduct civil service testing at a cost of $1,500 per day. The testing could take at least three days, council said.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Tyler Nelson, 13, of Coaldale, holds the front end of a 200-page banner of the names of those American military personnel who have died in the Global War on Terrorism at Memorial Day services held Sunday in Coaldale.

The crowd attending Coaldale's Memorial Day ceremony went quiet as solemn children unfurled a banner composed of the names of the 6,809 Americans who have died so far in the global war on terrorism.

The banner, made of 200 pages of paper, each bearing about 35 names, stretched almost the entire block.

"Each hero lost represents a son, a daughter, a father, a mother a brother, a sister, a friend," said U.S. Marine Corps veteran Andrew Leibenguth.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Jordan Reabold/Times News Panther Valley High School JROTC marches in the Nesquehoning parade on Monday morning.

Residents of Nesquehoning lined the streets on Monday morning for the annual Memorial Day parade.

The parade began at the recreation center, making two stops along the way at the town's monuments for wreath placement, prayer, firing squad and the playing of taps.

The parade ended at the Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008, where a service was held.

"We stand in the midst of patriots," said Nesquehoning Mayor Sam Kitchko. "They were ordinary people who were called to do extraordinary things."

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
JORDAN REABOLD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Dolon-Jones-Martino American Legion Post 304 begins its Memorial Day services at the Vietnam Memorial on West Broadway.

The Dolon-Jones-Martino American Legion Post 304 of Jim Thorpe held a number of Memorial Day services throughout the town on Sunday.

Ceremonies were held at the Vietnam Memorial, Civil War/World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Liberties Monument, Route 903 Bridge, Christman's Cemetery, Henning Cemetery, Hickory Run State Park Cemetery, St. Paul's Church, World War I Memorial, and the World War II Monument on the East Side.

At every stop, the Legion took part in a prayer, a salute and the playing of taps to honor all veterans.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Guest speaker Sgt. 1st Class Paul A. Shutter, far left, salutes the flag during  Monday's Salute to Our Veterans ceremony at Sky-View Memorial Park in Hometown. See a photo gallery from Memorial Day observances at

Sgt. 1st Class Paul A. Shutter, Pennsylvania National Guard, challenged Americans to remember the losses. And the numbers he revealed are heartbreakingly high.

"They're my brothers and sisters," said the veteran of two tours of duty in the Middle East.

Shutter's moving words under bright noontime sun highlighted the Salute to Our Veterans program held Monday at Sky-View Memorial Park in Hometown.

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.