World War II veterans take part in Pearl Harbor Day ceremony
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS World War II veterans Carl Christman, left, and Frank Bayer place a wreath at the World War II monument along Route 209 in Lehighton during a Pearl Harbor Day observance, held by the Lehighton American Legion Post.
Two World War II veterans, both in their 80s, seemed oblivious to the bitter cold yesterday afternoon as they took part in the annual Pearl Harbor Day service in Lehighton.
The ceremony was staged at the World War II monument along Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard (Route 209). The highway is named after a Lehighton area resident who died while fighting in World War II.
Staging the program was the Lehighton United Veterans Organization.
The World War II veterans who were involved in the observance were Frank Bayer, who served in the Navy, and Carl Christman, who was in the Army Air Corps.
They laid a wreath on the base of the World War II Memorial. The monument lists the names of all Lehighton area military members who died during the war.
The program was brief, with a 21-gun salute over the memorial by the UVO color guard, and the playing of "Taps" by bugler Henry Long, a UVO member.
There were no speeches during the event. For the program, which occurred at 12:48 p.m., the flag was lowered to half-staff in honor of those who died during the attack on the American fleet in Hawaii by Japanese bombers.
The time coincided with when the attack occurred at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian time on Dec. 7, 1941.
In charge of the program was Glenn Troutman of the UVO, who commanded the color guard.
After the ceremony in downtown Lehighton, brief ceremonies were held, including firing squad salutes, at the Lehighton VFW Post and the Lehighton American Legion Post.
In past years, after the Pearl Harbor Day observance, the World War II Last Man's Club held its annual dinner at the Lehighton American Legion Post. The post hosts the Last Man's Club.
The dinner was canceled this year because of the declining number of World War II veterans able to attend the event.