Large turnout for SH Memorial Day service
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Major Donald W. J. Oprey of Fort Indiantown Gap speaks during Memorial Day program in Summit Hill's Ludlow Park on Monday. Seated are, l-r, Panther Valley High School students Richard Smith and Stephen Hajcak; William K. O'Donnell, commander of the Summit Hill American Legion Post 316; Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle, and Memorial Day Parade grand marshall Lenny Ogozalek.
Leonard "Lenny" Ogozalek, grand marshall of the Summit Hill Memorial Day parade yesterday, spoke briefly during the pre-parade service held in Ludlow Park.
He told the gathering, "We have always been one nation under God, and I pray that we continue to be one nation under God."
Several hundred people attended the service.
The main speaker was Major Donald W. J. Oprey of Fort Indiantown Gap. Major Oprey recalled some of the historic battles in which American soldiers have laid down their lives.
He said a question raised at the Battle of Gettysburg was, "How can man bring death and such wanton destruction on one another?"
The speaker mentioned the important role American servicemen play, adding that equally important are their families and their supporters.
The opening comments were delivered by William K. O'Donnell, commander of Summit Hill American Legion Post 316.
The National Anthem was sung by Kiley Boswell.
Mayor Paul R. McArdle Sr. presented the POW MIA ceremony.
The Gettysburg Address was read by Stephen Hajcak of Panther Valley High School.
Richard Smith, also of PVHS, read Logan's General Orders.
Flanders Field was presented by Megan Thomas, a PVHS student.
The roll call of deceased veterans was given by Gregory Mill, chaplain of the Summit Hill Legion.
Rev. Burgess Gorden offered the invocation and benediction.
In his comments, Ogozalek praised military veterans, but also mentioned others who make major contributions to the community.
He mentioned the JROTC of Panther Valley High School, the local fire departments, and the Summit Hill Memorial Day Committee who "makes the biggest and best parade in Carbon County year after year."