Meadville Tribune

May 27, 2013

Memorial Day observances in county

Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — The following Memorial Day observances are set across Crawford County today.


The Rev. Russell Hines is guest speaker at 1 p.m. in Rocky Glen Cemetery. Fallowfield Odd Fellows Lodge of Atlantic is responsible for the services and the placing of American flags on the graves of veterans. The program is planned by Golden Rule Rebekah Lodge of Atlantic.


Memorial Day services are in Sunnyside Cemetery at 11:45 a.m. with Gary Kinnear of Centerville as the guest speaker.

Other participants during the service will include: Jack Preston, master of ceremonies; David Leninsky, pastor of Centerville Baptist Church, who will give the invocation and benediction; Melanie Preston LaLone, who will perform the national aAnthem; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5958 of Titusville; and the Maplewood High School Band.

In the event of rain, the service will be held at the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department.


James L. Steen Post 836 American Legion conducts its annual services in Cochranton Cemetery at 10 a.m.

A community picnic follows at Cochranton Lions Community Park starting at 11.

The event is hosted by the Cochranton Area Revitalization Effort committee. CARE will provide hot dogs and drinks. Community members are asked to take a dessert or dish to share and their own table service. The picnic will last until 2 p.m.

The Y Express of Cochranton will provide entertainment for  children.

All donations will benefit the Lions Community Park Fund.

Conneaut Lake

The Kiwanis Club of Conneaut Lake holds a parade and service starting at 10 a.m. Lineup for the parade begins at 9:30 at Conneaut Lake Elementary School. The parade begins at 10 and proceeds along Water Street to the Civil War Monument on Water Street in downtown Conneaut Lake. A short service will recognize veterans from all wars. Local historian Sandy Porter, a Marine veteran, will be the featured speaker.

This year’s program will feature a tribute to U.S. Army Sgt. Chester Williams, a former Conneaut Lake resident who was in the Korean War. Williams’ remains were returned to Crawford County last year and have been buried in Greendale Cemetery, Meadville. 


This year’s remembrance is in Conneautville Cemetery this morning. The Cemetery Association and donations by American Legion Post 615 have opened up a new section of grounds with an access drive and renovated drainage.  The solemn procession commences at Post 615 at 9, proceeds to Washington Street, then onto Rectory Drive and into the cemetery.

Assorted vocalists and chorus under the direction of Matt Rendulic will be present with guest speaker Dr. Clyde Faust. Invocation will be said by the Rev. Robert Fedor, a retired Marine veteran, with Pastor Bob Trask, a retired U.S. Navy veteran, for benediction.

East Mead Township

An outdoor Mass will be celebrated at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, 8061 Pettis Road, at 9 a.m. Those attending should take their own lawn chair.


Meadville Memorial Day Observance Committee holds its Memorial Day activities with the following schedule:

8 a.m. High Mark Blue Cross/Blue Shield Tom McNally Memorial 5-K Human Race and Citizens Bank Fitness Walk.

9 — Kids Fun Run around Diamond Park.

10 — Start of the Memorial Day Parade at Willow and Water streets, ending at 11 a.m. at Diamond Park.

11 — Observance begins at Diamond Park with the tolling of the bells by area churches to honor all veterans. 

11:01 — Welcome by Robert Franklin.

11:04 — Salute to the flag by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006 Honor Guard.

11:06 — Pledge of Allegiance.

11:09 — Soloist Monica Miller sings the national anthem.

11:12 — Invocation and a silent prayer by David Allman.

11:14 — Greeting by Mayor John Christopher Soff.

11:21 — The Gettysburg Address by Russell Bergholtz.

11:24 — Guest speaker Col. Andrew Pears.

11:39 — Memorial Day dedications; “Flanders Field” by Sydney Keller of Linesville Girl Scout Troop 31038; placing of flowers at Peiffer Memorial with escort and drum roll by the 150th Pennsylvania Bucktail Brigade; placing of wreath at the county Veterans War Memorial by Veterans of the Vietnam War Post 52 Honor Guard; memorial dedication to those lost at sea by Linda Hanahan, Kim Straughn and the Honor Guard; salute to all of fallen comrades; and placement of flags for all wars by veterans’ representatives from many organizations.

11:56 — Rifle salute and “Taps” by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006 and Gary Shidemantle.

11:58 — Prayer of Remembrance by David Allman.

Noon — Benediction by David Allman. 

12:02 p.m. Raising of the flag to full staff Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006 Honor Guard.

12:05 — Dismissal by Robert Franklin.

Richmond Township

The service is at the Richmond Township Memorial on Route 408 at 10 a.m. Guest speaker is Bob Potts, a veteran and a resident of the township. There will be special music.


Services, sponsored by Saegertown American Legion Post 205 and Auxiliary Unit 205, are at 9 a.m. at the town square.

The Saegertown High School Marching Band will perform and the guest speaker will be Howard Roxberry.

School awards will be presented to two eighth grade high honor students.

There will be a rifle salute.

Immediately following the service, light refreshments will be served at Post 205 at Route 198 and Park Avenue Extension.

If there is inclement weather, the service will be held indoors at Post 205.

Sandy Lake/Stoneboro

An observance is at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township, Mercer County, at 10 a.m. with guest speaker Lt. Cmdr. Charles Crane of the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps.

Boy Scout Troop 2 of Stoneboro serves as Honor Guard. Bagpiper Lawrence Bubeck, The National Anthem sung by Chris Gilliland and selections provided by Lakeview High School Marching Band will be performed.

In case of inclement weather, the observance will be moved to the Lakeview United Methodist Church across from the cemetery.

Spring Township

The service at Spring Cemetery, Spring Township, is at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Marshall Lillie as guest speaker.