Hon­or­ing the fallen

Memo­rial Day events sched­uled through­out Schuylkill County

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY ED­I­TOR

Men, women and chil­dren through­out Schuylkill County will re­mem­ber those who paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for their coun­try this week­end in ob­ser­vance of Memo­rial Day.

Cer­e­monies, pa­rades and church ser­vices are planned in many mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, in­clud­ing Llewellyn and Or­wigs­burg.

In Llewellyn, the pa­rade will be­gin at 8 a.m. Mon­day at Llewellyn El­e­men­tary Cen­ter. Acer­e­mony hon­or­ing all de­ceased vet­er­ans fea­tur­ing key­note speaker Schuylkill County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Chris­tine Hol­man will fol­lowthe pa­rade.

“I hope she will be a big­ger draw than we usu­ally get,” Norm Berta sav­age, or­ga­nizer, said.

He said this year’s theme is fo­cused on women to honor the moth­ers, daugh­ters and sis­ters who were af­fected by war. It is also a rea­son Hol­man was asked to serve as guest speaker and grand mar­shal for the pa­rade.

“They are also vic­tims of the war,” Ber­tasav­age said.

In the event of in­clement weather, the pa­rade will be can­celed and the cer­e­mony will be held in the school’s au­di­to­rium.

In Or­wigs­burg, the an­nual Memo­rial Day pa­rade will be­gin at 8 a.m. Mon­day from the Or wigs burg Vet­er­ans Com­mu­nity Memo­rial Hall. It will con­clude at the down­town square with cer­e­monies sched­uled for 8:45 a.m. at the M&T Com­mu­nity Lot, Mar­ket and War­ren streets.

In neigh­bor­ing Schuylkill Haven, a pa­rade is slated for 10:30 a.m. Mon­day, with cer­e­monies to fol­low on Park­way in­clud­ing the ded­i­ca­tion of the new vet­er­ans memo­rial on Park­way.

Orig­i­nally called Dec­o­ra­tion Day, the hol­i­day was of­fi­cially pro­claimed on May 5,

1868, by Gen. John Lo­gan, na­tional com­man­der of the Grand Army of the Repub­lic, ac­cord­ing to www.us­memo­ri­al­day.org. It is rec­og­nized on the last Mon­day of May fol­low­ing the pas­sage of Na­tional Hol­i­day Act of 1971. As tra­di­tion, many peo­ple wear red pop­pies on Memo­rial Day to honor those who served our coun­try.

In ad­di­tion to pa­rades and cer­e­monies, Memo­rial Day­week­end is con­sid­ered the un­of­fi­cial start of sum­mer. As friends and fam­i­lies pre­pare par­ties and bar­be­cues, may peo­ple will hit the out­doors to kick off the sea­son.

At Sweet Ar­row Lake County Park, M& J Big Band will per­form from6 to 8 p. m. Mon­day at the large pavil­ion at the club­house. It is the jazz combo’s first per­for­mance at the park. Spec­ta­tors are asked to bring lawn chairs. The per­for­mance is sup­ported in part by the Penn­syl­va­nia Coun­cil of the Arts, a state agency funded by the state and the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts, a fed­eral agency. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 570345- 8952. Rain date is set for June 8.

Also on Mon­day at Sweet Ar­row Lake, the Penn­syl­va­nia Fish and Boat Com­mis­sion will per­mit any­one, res­i­dent or not, to fish with­out a li­cense. All other fish­ing reg­u­la­tions will ap­ply.

ANDY MATSKO / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Lo­gan Wieder­hold of the New Ring­gold Com­mu­nity Fire Com­pany places a wreath at the Schuylkill County Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Memo­rial dur­ing last year’s Memo­rial Day cer­e­mony in Schuylkill Haven.

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