The Davis-Lawton-Yurko-Breslin-Bevich American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, has announced it will hold Memorial Day services in White Bear and Summit Hill next weekend. The Memorial Day services will be held on Monday, May 31, beginning at 10 a.m. in Ludlow Park, and will be followed by Carbon County's largest parade, a six-division triubute that will step off after the ceremonies in the park.
Stanley Zuber of Summit Hill, a retired educator and veteran member of the post, will have the honor of serving as grand marshal for the parade. After the services, he will ring the old Summit Hill High School bell that is situated in the park, signalling the start of the parade. The parade will proceed west on Ludlow Street, round St. Joseph Catholic Church and then continue east on White Street, ending at the cemetery complex.
Carbon County Commissioner William J. O'Gurek of Summit Hill will deliver the keynote address at the ceremonies to be held in his hometown. O'Gurek is the chairman of the board, now in his seventh year, and previously served for 10 years as the county prothonotary and 10 years as Summit Hill mayor.
W. Kevin O'Donnell, commander of Post 316, will be the master of ceremonies. He will give opening remarks, followed by the invocation by the Rev. James Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill.
Paul R. McArdle Sr., past commander and the current mayor of the community, will offer the welcome and lead a POW/MIA ceremony. Three students from Marian High School, David Paul, Devin parambo and Kristen Halenar, will be the orators, Paul to recite Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Parambo to present Logan's General Orders and Halenar to recite In Flander's Field.
After the message by O'Gurek, Gregory Miller, Post 316 chaplain and a past commander of the post and the Carbon County Inter-Post Association, will read the Roll Call of Deceased Veterans with the drummer to be provded by the the Panther Valley High School Band.
Members of Post 316 and its Sons of the American Legion will provide the Honor Guard Salute and a PVHS bugler will play Taps. The flag lowering will be done by the Panther Valley High School JROTC cadets.
Zuber will offer remarks, followed by Commander O'Donnell's introduction of other dignitaries and closing remarks and the benediction by Rev. Burdess.
White Bear service
The annual memorial service at St. Joseph Cemetery, White Bear, will take place on Sunday, May 30, at 1 p.m. The keynote address will be offered by Skip LaPolice, an Allentown Diocese permanent deacon assigned to the parish church.
The program will follow the Summit Hill agenda, with Commander O'Donnell to be the master of ceremonies; the same student orators offering messages; Chaplain Miller to read the Roll Call and Rev. Burdess to ask the invocation and pronounce the benediction.