Scottdale, Everson plan parade, programs honoring veterans

| Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Veterans Day programs for Scottdale and Everson boroughs will be held Monday, the day after the official observance.

Barry Kramer, of Scottdale Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7781, said those wanting to participate in the parade in Scottdale should arrive at Loucks Park between 10 and 10:15 a.m. and be ready to move out at 10:30 a.m.

The parade will head down Chestnut Street to the corner of Chestnut and Pittsburgh streets, where the veterans will stop in front of Graft Jacquillard Funeral Home. Several patriotic songs will be performed before the parade continues down Pittsburgh Street to the veterans monument at the corner of Pittsburgh Street and Broadway.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Veterans with Scottdale American Legion Post 240, Scottdale VFW Post 7781 and Everson VFW Post 595 will participate in the ceremonies. All veterans are invited to join them.

Keynote speaker will be Craig A. Minnick, lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.

Minnick was commissioned in the Army in 1991 as a judge advocate officer. His active-duty assignments included the 6th United States Army at the Presidio of San Francisco; the 24th and 3rd Infantry Divisions at Fort Stewart, Ga.; and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

He entered the Army Reserve in 1998. His assignments have included the 464th Chemical Brigade in Johnstown; 220th Military Police Brigade in Gaithersburg, Md.; 411th Engineer Brigade in New Windsor, N.Y.; and 412th Theater Engineer Command in Vicksburg, Miss.

Minnick served as acting commander for the 464th Chemical Brigade for four months in 2008. He now is deputy commander for the 13th Legal Operations Detachment in Upper Marlboro, Md.

As part of his military career, he also served as senior legal adviser for the 220th Military Police Brigade from February 2003 to February 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His duties were to provide advice on the laws of armed conflict under the Geneva and Hague Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice to a brigade with more than 6,000 soldiers.

Minnick also served as the senior legal adviser for the U.S. confinement facility and was the brigade's legal liaison to British Military Police forces. In addition, he was a member of a military tribunal under the 3rd Geneva Convention and conducted hearings for Iraqi prisoners of war.

The Veterans Day service in Everson will begin at 2 p.m.. Air Force veteran and former Scottdale Mayor Patricia Walker will be the keynote speaker.

Everson Boy Scout Troop 160 will participate along with veterans from Scottdale American Legion Post 240, Scottdale VFW Post 7781 and Everson VFW Post 595.

Jessica Kramer will sing the National Anthem. Leslie Yoders will play taps. Taney Basinger will sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Kevin Murrell of Everson Evangelical Church will give the invocation. Tony Osip will read the names of the veterans on the honor roll. The Rev. John Sedlak of St. Joseph's Catholic Church will give the benediction.

Afterward, everyone is invited to the Everson VFW for light refreshments.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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