By Keith Gushard
The following Memorial Day observances are set across Crawford County.
The Rev. Russell Hines is guest speaker at the Memorial Day Services at 1 p.m. Monday at 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.
Cochranton has two Memorial Day services this weekend.
On Sunday, Reash Community Church, 3607 Reash Church Road, holds Memorial Day services at 10:30 a.m.
A special honor guard from the Civil Air Patrol along with a bagpiper from the Cochranton American Legion Post will participate. Special music will be presented by the church choir and every veteran and military personnel, both past and present, will be honored.
Additionally, the church will conduct an evening of music on Sunday at 7 p.m. The public is invited and all are welcome to attend both services.
- More information: Call Pastor Randy Keeling at (724) 253-3339.
James L. Steen Post 836 American Legion conducts its annual services at Cochranton Cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday.
A community picnic follows at Cochranton Lions Community Park starting at 11 a.m.
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.
The Kiwanis Club of Conneaut Lake hold a parade and service Monday starting at 10 a.m. Lineup for the parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Conneaut Lake Elementary School. The parade begins at 10 a.m. 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 at Greendale Cemetery in Meadville.
This year’s remembrance is at Conneautville Cemetery Monday 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 a.m., 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 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, Monday at 9 a.m. Those attending should take their own lawn chair.
The Concert Band of Northwest Pennsylvania is sponsoring the Memorial Day service for Edinboro Sunday at 7 p.m. in Edinboro Cemetery.
The Concert Band begins playing patriotic music at 6:40 p.m.
Members of Erie-Crawford Honor Guard performs the Posting of the Colors and the firing of the guns salute. Clifford (Kip) Allen is master of ceremonies. The invocation and benediction will be given by the Rev. Bill Sutherland, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church of Edinboro.
The most solemn part of the service is the reading of the Roll of the Honored Dead from Edinboro and the surrounding area.
Speaker for the evening is David Ferster, retired professor of political science and criminal justice at Edinboro University.
In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the First United Presbyterian Church, 4281 Route 6N East.
- More information: Call (814) 734-4389.
The service is at the Richmond Township Memorial on Route 408 at 10 a.m. Monday. 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 Monday 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, service will be held indoors at Post 205.
An observance is at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township, Mercer County, at 10 a.m. Monday 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, observance will be moved to the Lakeview United Methodist Church across from the cemetery.
The service at Spring Cemetery, Spring Township, is Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Marshall Lillie as guest speaker.