Norvelt to honor vets with 9/11 program
“Who doesn't love a veteran?” is the perfect quote given by Pastor David Greer of the Norvelt Union Church when he discusses the upcoming tribute to veterans program the Norvelt Historical Society will be hosting on Wednesday.
The event, which is the first one of its kind for the small town, is open to all veterans from the area, and Greer hopes for a nice turnout.
“We'll be happy to see any veteran who can make it, and we will be thrilled to shake their hands and honor them,” Greer said.
Greer said the group had discussed having a special tribute to the veterans on Veterans Day, but they felt it was perhaps too late in the year, so they then chose 9/11 as a date to honor them.
“We know that 9/11 is usually a day to honor first responders, but we thought that we would take that day to pay tribute to our veterans,” Greer said.
The event will begin 7 p.m. at the Norvelt Union Church, located in the heart of Norvelt.
Prayer and the group singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” will open the program.
“After we open, we will then have members of the Armbrust Veterans talk about their efforts to bring honor to the deceased,” Greer said. “They are going to tell us about the program that they do and then, when they are finished, we are going to have veterans from the AMVETS in United do the same thing. They will also talk about what they do for the veterans.”
Greer said they will have a small token of appreciation for every veteran who comes to the program and will ask a few of those present if they would like to tell their stories or talk a bit about their experiences.
“I know that most veterans are humble people, and they don't want to talk about what they went through, but we are hoping that we can encourage a few of them to tell their stories to the people there,” Greer said.
The program will be informal, with a few songs added for everyone to sing.
“We'll be singing just a few patriotic songs for everyone to join in,” Greer said, adding that the program will then conclude with the firing of the rifles from the honor guards.
“This is a effort from the Norvelt Historical Society in conjunction with the Norvelt Union Church,” Greer said. “We are hoping that a lot of veterans and families will attend. If this is well attended and well received, then this is definitely something that we would like to do on a yearly basis.”
Light refreshments will be served.
The Norvelt Union Church is located at 2339 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt.
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.