Meadville Tribune

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May 27, 2013

Memorial Day observances in county


MEADVILLE — Conneautville

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.

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