Plans finalized for Summit Hill festivities
Plans have been finalized for Summit Hill's traditional Memorial Day festivities to be held this coming weekend. In addition to the parade that will kick off Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m., there will be two memorial services, one on Sunday, May 26, at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery, White Bear, and the other at 10 a.m. Monday in Ludlow Park.
The service on Sunday will feature Henry M. Desrosiers, Carbon County's director of Veterans' Affairs, as the keynote speaker.
The service will be under the direction of the Davis-Lawton-Yurko-Breslin-Bevich American Legion Post 316, whose commander, William K. O'Donnell, will serve as the master of ceremonies and offer the welcome address.
The Rev. James Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, will ask the benediction, followed by the National Anthem to be sung by Kiley Boswell.
Summit Hill Mayor Paul R. McArdle, a member and past commander of Post 316, will conduct a POW-MIA ceremony, followed by the welcome.
Student orators will be from Panther Valley High School. Stephen Hajcak will recite Lincoln's Gettysburg Address; Richard Smith, Logan's General orders; and Jesse Thomas, In Flander's Field.
After Desrosiers' address, the Roll Call of Deceased Veterans will be read by Gregory Miller, Post 316 chaplain.
Members of Post 316 will provide the Honor Guard salute while Taps will be played by a member of the Panther Valley JROTC, followed by closing remarks by O'Donnell and the benediction by Rev. Burdess.
The keynote address on Monday will be provided by Major Donald W.J. Oprey of Fort Indiantown Gap.
Commander O'Donnell will be the master of ceremonies. After the invocation, Boswell will sing the National Anthem by Boswell and the POW/MIA ceremony and welcoming remarks will be headed by Mayor McArdle.
Students Hajcak and Smith will render Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Logan's General Orders, respectively, while PVHS student Megan Thomas will offer In Flander's Field.
After Maj. Oprey's address, the Roll Call will be presented by Chaplain Miller while a PVHS Band drummer renders the drum roll.
Post 316 members will provide the Honor Guard salute, while cadets from the Panther Valley High School JROTC program will oversee the flag-lowering ceremony.
Remarks will then by offered by Leonard "Lenny" Ogozalek, grand marshal of the 2013 parade.
Closing remarks will be given by O'Donnell and other dignitaries, and the program will close with the benediction.
Parade to follow
Ogozalek will ring the former Summit Hill High School bell located in Ludlow Park to signal the start of Carbon County's largest tribute to veterans. The parade will then kick off heading west on Ludlow Street, round St. Joseph Church and proceed east on White Street to the cemetery complex, where it will disband.
In conjunction with the parade, the Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade Committee, sponsor of the annual event, is sponsoring a home-decorating contest. Residents are asked to decorate their homes for the weekend. Judging will take place on Sunday.
Also in observance of the holiday weekend, the Summit Hill Recreation Comission will sponsor its annual Stay-at-Home festival at the Ginter Field.