Memorial Day events around Western Pa.
Communities throughout Western Pennsylvania will observe Memorial Day today with parades, dedication of monuments and memorials and other services. Here is a sampling of notable events. Some towns anticipate a crowd and suggest bringing a chair. Check municipal websites for more details.
Brentwood: Parade, 9:30 a.m. on Brownsville Road, from St. Sylvester Church to the public library. Sponsored by Brentwood VFW Post 1810.
Brookline/Dormont/Mt. Lebanon: Parade, 10 a.m., beginning at the cannon on Brookline Boulevard and continuing through Brookline, Dormont and ending with ceremonies at the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery on Washington Road.
Coraopolis: Parade, 1:30 p.m., along Fifth Avenue.
Collier: A tribute is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. at Monument Plaza at the Collier Municipal Building, 2418 Hilltop Road; the program will include a flag presentation by the Oakdale Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7070 and American Legion Post 171; prayers; musical tributes; and recognition of veterans.
Forest Hills: 11 a.m., Veterans Monument next to borough building, 2071 Ardmore Blvd. Ceremony presented by Forest Hills Lions Club. Refreshments afterward. 412-829-7888.
Hampton: 10 a.m. to noon, observance and dedication of Korean and Vietnam veterans plaques at the Veterans Memorial, Community Center, 3102 McCully Road.
Irwin: Parade, 9 a.m. Participants meet near Immaculate Conception Church, Second and Oak streets. Program following at Irwin Union Cemetery, 431 Bridge St. Performance by Irwin Male Chorus; speaker, Navy pilot and Norwin High School graduate Dick Earnest, who flew 320 combat missions during the Vietnam War. Presented by Irwin/North Huntingdon VFW Post 781 and American Legion. 724-515-7550.
Jefferson Hills: 10 a.m. service at Floreffe Volunteer Fire Company, 1540 State St. Parade follows to Lobbs Cemetery, where a color guard ceremony will feature guest speakers, the laying of a wreath and music. Refreshments will follow.
Lawrenceville: Parade to begin at 40th and Butler streets at 10 a.m. and enter the Allegheny Cemetery's Butler Street gates about 11 a.m. The cemetery at 4734 Butler Street will be the site of a memorial service at 11:30 a.m.; festivities will continue at the fountain area near the Butler Street entrance until 2 p.m., including a campsite by the 40th Pennsylvania Reenactment Group and a demonstration by a Pittsburgh Police SWAT team.
Lincoln Place: Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Plaport Street and Interboro Avenue and closes with a memorial service on the lawn at Pittsburgh Mifflin PreK-8, 1290 Mifflin Road.
Monroeville: Parade, 9 a.m., beginning at Valley Honda and proceeding west on Route 22. Sponsored by American Legion Post 820. Ends at Stone Church Cemetery, Monroeville Boulevard, for services, including an invocation and benediction by the Rev. Joseph G. Luisi of North American Martyrs Church. St. Bernadette students Shane Toomey and Caroline Albacete will read the President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Gen. John A. Logan's Memorial Day Order, which, in 1868, directed soldiers to decorate the graves of comrades who died during the Civil War.
Oakland: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4141 Fifth Ave.
• 10:30 a.m., Special ceremony for fallen Pennsylvania service members from the War on Terrorism.
• Noon, Rededication of cornerstone and time capsule; presentation of items being encapsulated.
• 1 p.m., Patrioteer challenge (contest for all ages).
• 2 p.m., Procession and ceremony with national and regional dignitaries.
• Entertainment: historic book sale; oral history recordings; DJ Bill Lemon; children's activities; museum tours; food, beer and more.
Those attending are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs and picnic on the lawn.
Penn Hills: Parade, 11:30 a.m., begins at St. Bartholomew Church, Frankstown Road, and ends at the municipal building.
Ross: Service at noon at Laurel Gardens World War II monument, 172 Sixth Ave., followed at 12:45 p.m. by renaming of American Legion Post 80 in honor of fallen West View Marine Sgt. Joseph D. Caskey. A 2004 graduate of North Hills High School, Caskey was killed in Afghanistan on June 26, 2010. 412-974-3355 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.caskeypost80.com.
Sewickley: Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Broad Street, ends at Chestnut and Thorn streets. Followed by programs at Wolcott Park and at Sewickley Cemetery, end of Broad Street at Sewickley Valley Hospital.
Wilkins: Service at 11 a.m. at Churchill Cemetery on Churchill Road. The Wilkins Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 577, with other organizations, is conducting the event. Musical tributes, a 21-gun salute, the firing of a cannon and speakers recognizing veterans included. Afterward, all guests are invited to a free luncheon at the lodge, 718 Brown Ave.
Zelienople/Harmony: Services sponsored by American Legion Post 474 at 9 a.m. at Zelienople Cemetery, South Oliver Avenue; 9:30 a.m., Harmony Square, Mercer Street; then Harmony Cemetery, Route 19; then Route 19 Bridge; 11 a.m., Memorial Park, Main Street and Grandview Ave., Zelienople; flyover by Condor Aero Club and 911th Airlift Wing; music by Seneca Valley Wind Ensemble.
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