Many local Memorial Day observances planned
Many Memorial Day observances are scheduled across Somerset County. Here are some of the events to be held Monday:
A Memorial Day service will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday on the Somerset County Courthouse steps.
Neil Hoffman, a retired sergeant major who served with Pennsylvania Army National Guard Company B, 1st Battalion 103rd Armor, Johnstown, is the guest speaker. He will talk about fellow soldiers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pamela Tokar-Ickes is the master of ceremonies. There will be a wreath laying, a flag folding ceremony, a firing of rifles and a playing of taps. A patriotism award will be presented to a deserving individual or organization.
The Somerset Borough Memorial Day Parade will follow the service.
Jerome’s Memorial Day services will take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday across from the post office in town. In the event of inclement weather, services will be held at the Jerome fire hall. Refreshments will be offered at the fire hall following the services.
The 151st consecutive Memorial Day service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Lambertsville Cemetery, approximately a mile from the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek Township.
The guest speaker will be Joshua Manley, a former U.S. Army combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who now serves as the administrative officer and management analyst for the five National Parks of Western Pennsylvania.
The service will mark 74 consecutive years by each of three participants: the Shanksville-Stonycreek High School Band, the recipients of the eighth-grade American Legion Americanism Award and graveside rites by the Shanksville American Legion. This year’s eighth-grade American Legion Americanism Award winners are Avery Custer and Conner Manculich.
New Centerville’s Memorial Day service will be held in the Union Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. James Monticue, pastor of the Kingwood Church of God, will be the guest speaker. The Rev. Keith Grimm, pastor of the Mount Zion (Hays) United Church of Christ will offer the prayer and benediction.
Guest soloist Katelynn Judy will bring special music for the service. The color guard will be members of Mount Union Church Camp No. 502. Members of Rockwood American Legion Post 279 will give the “Gun Salute to the Dead.” William H. Weller will be remembered during the service.
In case of rain, the service will be moved to the New Centerville Church of God. Attendees should use the Jubilee Street entrance to the church.
Rockwood American Legion Post 279 will present a Memorial Day program on Monday. A parade is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. The program will follow at the Rockwood memorial. The guest speaker will be retired Brig. Gen. Robert “Hank” Sembower. Music will be provided by Just Us DJ and Danny Conner. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Rockwood Area High School auditorium.
Lineup for the Salisbury Memorial Day Parade is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the parade at 10. The Salisbury Walker-Harris VFW Post and Auxiliary 8826 are this year’s sponsors.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Never Forget — Say Their Name.” Salisbury residents are encouraged to show their patriotism by decorating their homes, yards, businesses, churches and organizations. There will be a service following the parade at the cemetery. The guest speaker is Chief Master Sgt. Paul Monroe. He is the command chief master sergeant, Second Air Force, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. He is also a counselor at Twin Lakes Center in Somerset.
More information is available by calling Karen Deal at 814-662-2838.
The Stoystown Legion and Lions Club have finalized plans for Memorial Day. The annual celebration in Stoystown will begin with a service in the center of town at 1:30 p.m. with the parade immediately following. The parade is sponsored by the Stoystown Lions Club.
Parade lineup will begin at 12:15 p.m. and end promptly at 1:15 p.m. Units are asked to assemble at the top of the hill west of Stoystown. To avoid confusion, organizers request that all units enter off Route 30, west of Stoystown, below Rullo Auction Services. Marching units should enter from Route 30 by the NAPA Auto Parts store. Dash plaques will be given to all parade participants. Main Street will be closed from 1:15 p.m. until the end of the parade.
Anyone with questions about the parade may contact Donald Deaner at 814-893-5706.
The Rev. Felicia Swartz of Grace Lutheran Church will give the invocation and benediction. Jessica Spangler of Stoystown will be the soloist. This year’s keynote speaker is Command Sgt. Maj. Randall Pritts, of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, a Garrett resident.
Windber Borough and surrounding communities will celebrate Memorial Day on Monday with a parade beginning at 10 a.m. Memorial Day services will follow in Windber Veterans Park. In the event of inclement weather, services will be conducted in the Windber Community Building.
The Memorial Day celebration is sponsored by the Windber Veterans Association, which is composed of American Legion Windber Post No. 137, Windber VFW Post No. 4795, the World War II 50th Anniversary Commemorative Committee and the Windber Veterans Park Committee.
This year’s guest speaker is Jeffrey L. Thomas, an attorney with the local law firm of Silverman, Tokarsky & Forman. Thomas was born and raised in the Windber area and graduated from Windber Area High School and Penn State University. He attended Duquesne University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate. Thomas served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, studied advanced constitutional law under Judge Thomas Hardiman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and clerked for Judge Farley Toothman, president judge of the Greene County Court of Common Pleas. Thomas and his wife, Amy, live in Paint Township with their three children.
American Legion Windber Post No. 137 will sponsor a free breakfast for veterans from 7 to 9 a.m. on Memorial Day at the post canteen along 14th Street.