Sgt. Craig Strohl of Summit Hill was the guest speaker at the Nesquehoning Memorial Day Program held at the VFW Post 8008.
He told the crowd that "A lot of people forget what the real meaning of Memorial Day is. They think it is the official start of summer. A day of barbecuing, partying, and swimming. The reason why we can do all those fun events is because some Soldier, Marine, Sailor, or Airmen fought and died on the field of battle to keep our country safe. So today when you are having a hot dog and beer, think of all who paid the ultimate price so we can enjoy the liberties we take for granted." Strohl returned from Iraqi and in June will try out for the Green Berets.
Other speakers were Master of Ceremonies Don DeMarco, Poppy Queen Taylor Hirochek led the Pledge of Allegiance, Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008 Walter Breiner gave the Welcome Address, Amanda Breiner offered remarks,and the Honorable Mayor Tony Walck also offered remarks.
The Panther Valley Senior Band was on hand and offered several musical selections led by Mark Christ, band director. Ed Coll, president of the American Legion Post 172 gave remarks. The Nesquehoning VFW Chorus and Meed's Memorial Chorus sang patriotic songs.
Ed Lucas, UVO chaplain, read the roll call of 44 veterans who lost their lives this past year. And VFW chaplain Ted Dacey gave the Benediction. Students speakers were Jessica Reis, John Paul Heckman, and Ashtin Walck all JROTC cadets and students at Panther Valley High School.