Honoring the fallen
Memorial Day events scheduled throughout Schuylkill County
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.
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.