Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember those in the United States Armed Forces who gave their lives for our country. Following is a list of many of the services and activities planned around Indiana County to mark the federal holiday.
The Indiana Area Senior High School band will perform at Indiana’s Memorial Day service, starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park, along Wayne Avenue beside the old National Guard armory.
The ceremony is being organized by the American Legion Post #141 in Indiana. Wesley Wertz, the post commander, will make introductions, and Indiana Mayor George Hood will be the master of ceremonies.
Father George Hnatko, of the Eastern Orthodox Foundation, will offer an invocation, and a firing squad from the Indiana VFW Post #1989 will also participate.
There will be a roll call of military veterans from Indiana County killed in action, and wreaths will be placed to honor veterans from the Revolutionary War through the war in Afghanistan.
The Blairsville High School marching band will provide music for Blairsville’s annual Memorial Day parade that will begin forming at 9:45 a.m. Monday and start moving at 10:30 a.m. from The Diamond on West Market Street. The parade will proceed through town on West Market Street to the Blairsville Cemetery.
The parade will be led by the color guard of the 656th Signal Co., 56th Stryker Brigade, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Blairsville and Torrance.
Also participating in the parade will be Blairsville-area marching veterans and WyoTech marching student-veterans; Girl and Boy Scouts; Little League teams; groups from the Blairsville Presbyterian Church and the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church; Miss Teen of Pennsylvania 2012, Jessica Harper, of Blairsville; Chuck Vatter’s antique autos; the Crystal Kitner equestrian group; fire departments from Blairsville and nearby communities; and the Blairsville VFW Pride of the Veterans float.
U.S. military service flags will be carried by Blairsville Bobcats athletes.
Following the parade, at about 11:15 a.m., a Memorial Day service will begin at the Veterans’ Circle in the Blairsville Cemetery. The keynote speaker will be Thomas Patz, a U.S. Air Force veteran and commander of the VFW Post #5821 in Blairsville.
Approximately 400 U.S. flags, honoring deceased Blairsville-area veterans, will be on display at the cemetery from Saturday morning until Tuesday morning.
At 8 a.m. Monday, the Dr. John Yelenic Memorial Day 5K Run, organized by Blairsville Parks and Recreation, will begin and follow a route through town.
Registration and check-in for the race will start at 7 a.m. at the Blairsville Community Center pavilion, 101 E. North Lane.
There is a $23 entry fee for the race. More information is available at (724) 459-6790.
And the Blairsville Military Service Group will conduct a memorial service at the Brenizer Memorial to Veterans, in Brenizer, at noon Saturday.
Memorial Day services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Burnside Cemetery. The master of ceremonies will be Daniel Rorabaugh. The speaker will be Pastor Doug Brink.
Music will be provided by the Purchase Line High School band.
A general membership meeting will follow the service.
A Memorial Day service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Iselin Union Cemetery to honor veterans. The program will be presented by the Iselin Union Cemetery Association.
The Marion Center Area Lions Club announced that a Memorial Day parade will be held at 1 p.m. Monday on Main Street with the service to follow at Marion Center Memorial Cemetery.
Music, including taps and echo, will be performed by the Marion Center Area High School band.
If the weather is bad, the parade will be canceled and the service will be in the Marion Center First United Methodist Church, where refreshments will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ron Stewart, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, will be the main speaker. Richard Oberlin of the Lions Club will present George Kerstetter, a U.S. Marines veteran of the Vietnam War, as the honor veteran. Both veterans are members of the Lions Club. Dave McCoy, another member of the club, will announce the day’s activities.
The high school Junior Reserves Officers Training Corps will lead the flag salute. Lojjik Braughler, a JROTC student, will recite Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Boy Scout Pack 50 will lay the wreath at the World War II Memorial in memory of all who have died in service to the country.
The Boy Scouts will accept voluntary donations for the Marion Center Memorial Association to maintain the cemetery.
American Legion Post 582 will conduct Memorial Day services at the following cemeteries in Rossiter on Monday: 9 a.m., Pearce Cemetery; 9:15 a.m., Devers Cemetery; 9:30 a.m., Fairview Cemetery; 9:45 a.m., Pine Grove Cemetery; 10:10 a.m., Pine Cemetery; 10:15 a.m., Union Cemetery; and 10:30 a.m., Rossiter Catholic Cemetery. A final observance will be held at about 11 a.m. at Rossiter Memorial Park.
The Rev. Robert Bartlebaugh will lead a Memorial Day service at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McDowell Cemetery, along Grisemore Road, near Spruce, Green Township.
A veterans’ service, with the playing of taps and an honor guard firing a salute, will be held between 10 a.m. and noon Monday at the cemetery.