Veterans march through the borough
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS Aric Shubeck, a student at Panther Valley High School, left, reads Lincoln's Gettysburg Address during the Lansford Memorial Service on Monday morning. With him is master of ceremonies Richard D. Pogwist.
Members of the Lansford American Legion Post 123 and AMVETS Post 83, which comprise the United Veterans Organization of Lansford, marched through the borough Monday morning in honor of the men and women who have served this country.
The parade began at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church (formerly St. Michael's) on East Abbott Street. There, the organizations performed a brief ceremony. They then traveled west to the Abbott Street Memorial Stones, where they laid a wreath and performed a gun salute. Three other stops along the route, which they placed wreaths at, included the American Legion Post home, the AMVETS Post home, and St. Nicholas Church Memorial Stone.
At the last stop, Kennedy Park, the U.V.O. held a memorial service to honor the veterans.
During the service, Richard D. Pogwist, past commander of American Legion Post 123 and master of ceremonies, welcomed the people in attendance.
He read a speech from a memorial service in 1925 that he found published on the Internet.
The speech spoke about the soldiers that fought so bravely for our freedom and how they die and are forgotten by future generations.
Ernie Kerestes, chaplain of Post 123, provided the invocation and Kayla Nunemacher, a Panther Valley High School student, sang the National Anthem.
Matthew Shutter, a student at Panther Valley High School, read Logan's General Orders.
Dennis McHugh of the AMVETS and David Padora of the American Legion then placed a wreath at the memorial.
Flanders Field was read by Nunemacher and Aric Shubeck, a Panther Valley student, read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
Following the readings Tom Garrett, a legion service officer, addressed the audience.
He spoke briefly about the meaning of Memorial Day and how this country is great.
He then honored the men and women who gave their lives serving the country and asked everyone to remember the fallen heroes.
Steve Banditelli of the AMVETS then read the roll call of deceased Lansford veterans since Memorial Day 2009.
The U.V.O. and PV JROTC Firing Squad closed the ceremony with a salute to the dead.