Biennial veterans service to feature Ritzo
The West Newton community will honor its deceased veterans in a biennial memorial service on Sunday at 7 p.m.
The service, sponsored by the J. William McCauley Jr. Funeral Home Inc., will feature guest speaker Peter P. Ritzo of New Stanton, formerly of Wyano.
Ritzo is a 1962 graduate of South Huntingdon High School and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of staff sergeant. He retired after 25 years of employment from South Huntingdon Township.
He is a life member of American Legion Post 401 in West Newton where he was post commander for 14 years. Ritzo was elected to the Department of Pennsylvania as Western Vice Commander and has held numerous other local, county and state positions with veterans organizations.
Ritzo is also a life member of the Turkeytown Volunteer Fire Department, having held a number of positions within the department.
He served 18 years as a Democratic Committeeman and 14 years as chairman of the South Huntingdon Township Democratic Committee. He is a member, past president and vice president of the 5th District Democratic Club.
The serviced will be held at First Church of God, 157. N. Second St., West Newton. The Rev. Elizabeth A. Dunlap, a representative of the West Newton Association of Churches will officiate the service.
As a part of the service, the names of veterans from West Newton and the surrounding area who have died since Veterans Day 2010 will be called, and a family member will be invited to light a candle in memory of their loved one.
In addition to saluting deceased veterans, tribute will also be paid to prisoners of war and those missing in action.