UVO, AMVETS and Legion plan annual Memorial Day parade and services
United Veterans Organization of Lansford has scheduled its Memorial Day parade and services for Monday, May 28.
Parade participants will form at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, at St. Katherine Drexel R.C. Church, East Abbott Street. The United Veterans Organization and JROTC firing squad will render a salute at St. Katherine Drexel Church and at the Abbott Street Memorial Stone, where the auxiliary presidents of the AMVETS and Legion will place a wreath respectfully.
The parade will form and march north on Tunnel Street, then west on Ridge Street to the American Legion Post where a wreath will be placed and salute rendered. The parade will continue west on Ridge Street to the AMVETS Post where a wreath will be placed and salute rendered. The parade will continue south on Center Street to the St. Nicholas Church Memorial stone where a salute will be rendered. The parade will continue west on Bertsch Street to Courtright Street, turning east to Kennedy Park where the main program will be held. The approximate time of arrival at Kennedy Park will be 9:15 a.m.
Master of ceremonies will be Richard D. Pogwist, past commander for the American Legion Post 123. Ernie Kerestes, chaplain of Legion Post 123, will offer the invocation and benediction. Commanders of the AMVETS and Legion will place wreaths during the program. Also making remarks will be George Tessitore, USMC, Iraq, Afghanistan veteran; and Nathan Krajcirik, USAF, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran. Krista Paul, a student at Panther Valley High School, will read "Flanders Field" and another PVHS student will read "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address." James Rickert, chaplain of the AMVETS, will read a roll call of deceased veterans since Memorial Day 2011. The UVO and JROTC will give a salute to the dead.
Summit Hill American Legion will place flags on veteran's graves before Memorial Day. Anyone needing flags for veteran's graves should contact the Summit Hill Legion.
Lansford U.V.O. requests that all residents display the American flag on Memorial Day, view the parade and try to attend services at Kennedy Park.
All veterans, Sons of AMVETS, Sons of the Legion, Legion Riders, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and anyone presently serving in the Armed Forces are invited to take part in the parade.