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Memorial Day events set in Westmoreland, Fayette

| Saturday, May 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

These Memorial Day observances have been planned throughout the region:


Alverton: A service will begin at 2 p.m. in Alverton Cemetery.

Monessen: A program is set for noon at the Monessen War Veterans Memorial in Monessen City Park. Highlights will include a two-bell ceremony by Mid Mon Valley Shipmates and presentation of a roll call. Principal speaker will be Chris Buckley, author of “Veterans of the Valley.”

Mt. Pleasant: Dedication of a digital veterans' memorial wall is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Veterans Park. The 8-foot aluminum slab encases a 60-inch flat screen monitor bearing names of local veterans.

New Alexandria: Honors will be presented 11 a.m. at Loyalhanna Baptist Cemetery, 11:30 a.m. at Fennel Town Cemetery and 12:15 p.m. at Congruity Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

North Huntingdon: Norwin Historical Society Military Honor Guard will conduct services at 1 p.m. at Penn Lincoln Cemetery, 1:45 p.m. at Brush Creek Associate Presbyterian Reformed Church Cemetery, 2:30 p.m. at North Huntingdon Town House Veterans Monument, 3 p.m. at Westmoreland City Veterans Monument, 3:30 p.m. at Biddle Veterans Monument and 4 p.m. at Ardara Veterans Monument.

Salem: A service is planned for 2:30 p.m. at Old Salem Church, on Route 982 north of Route 22.


Bovard: A ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Honor Roll. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided by Bovard Volunteer Fire Company Ladies' Auxiliary.

Connellsville: Parade participants should assemble by 9:30 a.m. on the West Side. Parade will proceed at 10 a.m. to the Crawford Avenue Bridge for a wreath ceremony, honor guard salute and taps, then move to the War Memorial on North Pittsburgh Street for a speaker program.

Delmont/Murrysville/Export: White Valley AMVETS Post 85, Export American Legion Post 858, Delmont VFW Post 481 and Murrysville American Legion Post 711 will conduct services at 8 a.m. at Export American Legion Honor Roll; 8:30 a.m. at Murrysville Cemetery; 9 a.m. at Hills Church Cemetery; 9:30 a.m. at White Valley Cemetery; 10 a.m. at Twin Valley Cemetery; 10:45 a.m. parade through Export; 11:15 a.m. at Grand View Cemetery; and noon at White Valley AMVETS Honor Roll.

Everson: A program is set for 9 a.m. at the Everson Veterans Memorial at Brown and Jones streets. A service will begin about 11:15 a.m. at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery in Everson Valley. Hot dogs and refreshments will be served at 11:45 a.m. at the VFW social hall on Graft Street.

Greensburg: American Legion Post 981 will conduct ceremonies at 9 a.m. at Central Cemetery, 9:30 a.m. at Midway St. Clair Honor Roll, 10:15 a.m. at South Greensburg Honor Roll, 11 a.m. at Hillview Cemetery, 12:45 p.m. at Roosevelt Club Honor Roll and 1:30 p.m. at the post home, 1301 Broad St.

A ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, presented by VFW Post 33. Speaker will be retired U.S. Navy Capt. Thomas Dansak.

A program will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Barnhart Funeral Home, including speakers, music and a balloon release.

Hecla: A service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Hecla Honor Roll with placement of wreaths, rifle salute and taps. Program then will move inside the Shirley Porterfield Memorial Hall, where speaker will be U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew J. Auckerman.

Irwin/North Huntingdon: Parade participants should assemble at 9 a.m. near Immaculate Conception Church, Second and Oak streets, for the 10 a.m. parade. A program will follow in Irwin Cemetery with arrival expected between 11:20 a.m. and noon.

Jeannette: A service will be held at 9 a.m. at City Hall. American Legion Post 344 members will then make stops at Sacred Heart Cemetery, the Civil War monument and old Sacred Heart Cemetery near Grandview Fire Hall, with main service set for 11 a.m. in Jeannette Memorial Park.

Ligonier: A parade will assemble at 10:30 a.m. at Bell and West Main streets, proceeding at 11 a.m. to the Diamond for a program. Highlights will include a reading of the World War I-era poem “In Flanders Field.”

Mt. Pleasant: A parade will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony in Veterans Park. Program will include placing of wreaths, speakers, rifle salute, taps and echo.

New Alexandria: Ceremonies are planned at 8:45 a.m. in Calvary Hill Cemetery, with memorial Mass at 9 a.m. in the cemetery chapel; 10 a.m. in Presbyterian Cemetery; and 11 a.m. in Union Cemetery, featuring the Community Choral Society and Salem Township Civil War Re-enactors.

Norvelt: A program will be held at 9:15 a.m. at the Westmoreland Homesteads Memorial, featuring guest speaker Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck and a memorial ceremony for deceased firemen from the Homesteads volunteer fire department.

Scottdale: A parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the monument at the Rite Aid parking lot, proceeding to Scottdale Cemetery for a program. Another service will be held in St. John's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery. Refreshments will follow at American Legion Post 240.

Smithton: A parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Third and Peer streets, proceeding to American Legion Community Park for a program. Special guests will include Mary Brennan, the 2013 Mrs. Pennsylvania and a 1997 Yough High School graduate. Smithton American Legion will present a rifle salute at 11 a.m. at Barren Run United Methodist Church and 11:30 a m. at the Jacobs Creek monument.

Sutersville: A parade will begin at 11 a.m., with service following at the memorial next to Sutersville Moose on First Avenue.

West Newton: A parade will assemble at 8:30 a.m. at Fifth and Vine streets, moving at 9 a.m. to the World War I memorial plaque for honors, then to the West Newton Bridge for casting of a wreath for those who died at sea and ending with a program at the Memorial Grove in West Newton Cemetery.

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