In honor of those who have served Cocalico area holds Memorial Day festivities

By on May 23, 2012

The local communities will bring in the patriotic holiday with several events open to the public.

Denver

On May 28, the Denver area will celebrate Memorial Day with the annual parade and services in the Denver Memorial Park.

The Memorial Day parade will start at 9 a.m. at the Denver Fire Company Hall, located at North Fourth and Locust streets. The Centerport Band again will lead the march with any other group that would like to fall in line. As last year, a short service of tribute will take place alongside the cemetery at North Fourth Street with a special hymn dedicated to the veterans buried there. A representative from the Denver Woman’s Club will place a floral tribute on the grave of a veteran representing all veterans buried in our cemeteries.

Upon conclusion of this abbreviated service, the parade will resume on North Fourth Street to Walnut Street, and then turn west on Walnut Street to the bandstand in the Denver Memorial Park for the balance of the service. John Palm will lead the service and present the speaker. The speaker this year will be Anthony R. Palm Sr., a retired police officer and a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran, who will recount his days on patrol in the Sea of Japan. Appropriately, the procession will move to the memorial to hear the "Roll of Honor" and "Salute the Dead" with the rifle squad of the Reinholds VFW Honor Guard. Representatives from the Boy Scouts will place a cross for each veteran whose life was taken in the service of their country.

The Memorial Day service in Denver will again involve the participation of local youth with patriotic displays such as bicycles or floats decorated in an appropriate manner to celebrate the support of veterans. This year prizes will be awarded to the first and second place patriotic display winners in the following two categories: Junior Group (12 years of age and under) and Senior Group (13 years of age to 16 years of age).

Reamstown

The annual Reamstown community Memorial Day service will be held on May 27 beginning at 4 p.m. at the entrance to the Reamstown Memorial Park, located on the first block of East Church Street, Reamstown.

This year’s decorated speaker will be Senior Master Sgt. Donn Taylor, who entered the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1981 at Grissom Air Force Base, Ind., as an airframe repair specialist assigned to an A-10A aircraft maintenance squadron. He became a full-time technician in 1983 and later a parachute/fabrication specialist at the 111th Fighter Wing. His numerous deployments have taken him to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently a member of the 111th Air Operations Group at Willow Grove Air Guard Station.

Taylor is currently employed as a quality assurance specialist with the Navy Special Emphasis program stationed at PRL Industries in Cornwall and is a member of the Reinholds Lions Club and the Reinholds VFW.

County Commissioner Craig Lehman will be present to share some remarks as well as several Reamstown Federation of Churches Pastors. Sharing the special music will be Jessica Zimmerman and lined up to play "Taps" on her trumpet is Olivia Marstellar. The Reinholds VFW Honor Guard Post 6759 and local scouts will attend. Floral presentations in memory of those lost in conflict will be laid at the memorials by veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the War in Vietnam and Iraq/ Afghanistan.

Each year around this time an essay contest is held among the fifth grade students of Reamstown Elementary School. This year the students submitted essays entitled "The Cost of our Freedom." The two winners and three honorable mention essay authors will be invited to be present with the winners given an opportunity to read their essays.

Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Following the service, refreshments will be served in the Reamstown Recreation Center by the Ways and Means Committee.

Questions can be directed to Salem Evangelical and Reformed Church at 336-7378.

Schoeneck

A Memorial Day parade and service will be held on May 28 in Schoeneck. The parade will form at 8:30 a.m. and step off at 9 a.m., winding through the streets of Schoeneck and ending at the Veterans Memorial, where a brief service will take place, weather permitting.

A lunch will be served at the pavilion on the Schoeneck Fire Company grounds at approximately noon. The parade will be cancelled if it rains and the ceremony will be held inside the fire hall as well as the luncheon.

Parade participants are encouraged to enter decorated floats, vehicles, bicycles, etc. Prizes will be awarded. In addition, all surviving WWII veterans from the Schoeneck area are invited to ride in the parade via a float.

A CD from last year’s dedication service, pins, pictures, commemorative bricks for the Pathway of Honor and trees/shrubbery will be available for purchase. More FESTIVITIES, page A10

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