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Carbon honors fallen veterans in video

Carbon County officials and residents know the importance of honoring veterans who have passed on Memorial Day.

But the current pandemic, has halted normal services, parades and other events this weekend. Because of this, Carbon County has released a video with a virtual Memorial Day service honoring those who sacrificed so much so that we may live freely.

Christine LeClair, Carbon County Veterans Affairs director, said in the video that “Memorial Day 2020 will look much different from it has in years past, (but) while we are unable to gather in the park for the county service this year, it is vital that we still pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

She recognizes the importance that remembering these men and women who gave their lives and said that many communities are either making adjustments to try and hold some type of service, or have been forced to cancel all together.

The video also includes remarks from various county representatives, including the Rev. Allen Hoffa, pastor of St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley; Commissioners Rocky Ahner and Chris Lukasevich; and LeClair’s children and St. Jerome Regional School students, Reagan and John LeClair, who read the poem “In Flanders Fields.”

A special gun salute by the Palmerton UVO is also shown and taps is played by Eric Flowers.

To view the video, visit www.tnonline.com, or the Carbon County Commissioners’ Facebook page.

A screenshot from the video Carbon County released in honor of Memorial Day. To view the video, visit www.tnonline.com or the Carbon County Commissioners' Facebook page. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO