The following are Crawford County area Memorial Day events and services reported to the Tribune:
• A Memorial Day service at Rocky Glen Cemetery is Monday at 1 p.m. Guest speaker is Rich Krankota, director of Crawford County Veterans Affairs. Special music will also be included. Anyone having flowers to be used to decorate all veterans graves will be appreciated. The IOOF Lodge 1128 of Atlantic is in charge of the program.
• A Memorial Day service is Monday at 10 a.m. at Marcy Park. The service is sponsored by American Legion Post 381. A service and luncheon will follow at 11 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 169 in Venango.
• A Memorial Day service is set for Monday at 11:45 a.m. at Sunnyside Cemetery. If there is rain, the service will be held at the Centerville fire hall. Maj. Jeremy McCrillis will be the guest speaker. Retired pastor Gerald Kinnear will serve as emcee and will also offer the invocation and benediction. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5958 will participate, and music will be provided by the Maplewood Junior-Senior High School marching band. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
• A Memorial Day parade and service is Monday. The event is sponsored by the James L. Steen Jr. American Legion Post 836. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and proceeds to the Cochranton Cemetery for a service beginning at approximately 10. The guest speaker will be Captain Christopher Bancroft of the U.S. Marine Corps. In the event of inclement weather the event will be at Cochranton Junior-Senior High School.
• A Memorial Day parade starts Monday at 10 a.m. at Conneaut Lake Elementary School, travels down Water Street and is followed by a service at Memorial Park. George Rutherford, with the Conneaut Lake Kiwanis Club, will welcome those in attendance. The invocation will be by Rev. Dennis Lawton. The National Anthem will be sung by Julia Peters, 2011 Kiwanis Snowball Queen. Conneaut Area Senior High School will play "Taps." Ron Feldmiller, with the Kiwanis, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The program will be presented by Kim Lengling. The Conneaut Lake Historical Society Museum will be open immediately following the ceremonies. Lunch will be available.
• A Memorial Day service is Monday at 9 a.m. at the Conneautville Cemetery and at 10 at the St. Peter's Cemetery in Conneautville. Free donuts and coffee will be served at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church following the ceremonies. A service will be held at the Springboro Cemetery Monday at 11 a.m.
• Corry area veterans announce the Memorial Day Ceremony will be hosted by Post 365 American Legion. This event is at the American Legion Pavillion on Sciota Road at 11 a.m. Join in remembering those who sacrificed their lives and honoring those who have served. This event is free to the public. A light lunch will follow.
• A Memorial Day parade is Monday at 11 a.m. in the borough. Linesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7842 will have a memorial service at the Harmonsburg cemetery at 9 and at Linesville Memorial Park following the parade at 11. The guest speaker at the service is John Amato, Crawford County commissioner and retired U.S. Air Force chief master sergeant.
• Here are the Memorial Day services held at Diamond Park:
8 a.m.: Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield The Tom McNally Memorial 5k Human Race and Citizens Fitness Walk
10: Start of the Memorial Day Parade
10:01: Everley Sisters sing classic 1940s music (like the Andrews Sisters)
11: Revere Bell tolls at First Baptist Church
11:01: Observance welcome by Robert Franklin
11:04: A salute to the flag by the American Legion Post 111 Honor Guard
11:06: Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance
11:09: Soloist Tracy Meure sings the National Anthem
11:12: Invocation and a silent prayer by David Keisel
11:14: Greetings by Mayor LeRoy Stearns
11:21: The Gettysburg Address by the Meadville Area Senior High School Gov. Jack Stevens
11:24: Guest speaker Cmdr. William J. Pierce, U.S.N., retired
11:39: Memorial Day dedications: "In Flanders Field," by the MASH lieutenant governor; placing of flowers at Peiffer Memorial, escort and drum roll by the 150th Pennsylvania Bucktails; placing of wreath at the county Veterans War Memorial by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006 Honor Guard; music: “American Fantasy” by the MASH Band; a memorial dedication to those lost at sea by Linda Hanahan, Kim Straughn and the 150th Bucktails Honor Guard; a salute to all of our fallen comrades; placement of flags for all wars by the Sons of the American Legion
11:56: Rifle salute and "Taps" by VFW Post 2006 and Darren Thompson
11:57: Special tributes by Robert Franklin
11:58: A prayer of remembrance by David Keisel. Music: “You’re a Grand Old Flag” by the MASH Band
Noon: Tolling of the bells by area churches to honor all veterans; benediction by David Keisel
12:02: Raising of the flag to full staff VFW Post 2006 Honor Guard
12:05: Issuance of proclamations and certificates of appreciation by Mayor LeRoy Stearns and Joe Galbo
12:06: Dismissal by Robert Franklin
• The Memorial Day Human Race Competitive 5k Race/Walk is Monday with the run beginning at 8 a.m. and the walk at 8:05. The race starts and finishes at Diamond Park. Race proceeds benefit French Creek Recreational Trails and Ernst Trail. Registration is $25 or $20 with FCRT membership. You can register at active.com or ernsttrail.org. Check-in registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 7:45 and will be located at the Meadville YMCA, 356 Chestnut St. Awards will be given to both run and walk top competitors.
• The Meadville Family YMCA sponsors a Memorial Day Free Kids Fun Run. Registration is at the downtown YMCA, 356 Chestnut St., or by calling the YMCA at 336-2196. Each child can run up to four laps around Diamond Park. The kids race begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, following the Human Race. Registration is free and begins at 7 a.m. Donations are welcome. Donations support the Meadville YMCA's "Helping Hands" scholarship fund. The first 100 kids to register receive a free T-shirt. Race medals will be awarded.
Oil Creek Township
• Bethel United Methodist Church holds its 130th annual Memorial Day celebration on Monday. The event includes the Bethel, Rometown and surrounding communities, and the public is welcome to attend. The celebration is at 10:30 a.m. at the church on Route 89, north of Titusville. The event features guest speaker Republican state Rep. Kathy Rapp and Bill Stumpf. There will also be special music.
• A Memorial Day service is Monday at Fairview Cemetery. The parade leaves Pleasantville Elementary School at 11:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome to walk in the parade. James Gross will be the speaker for this event. Pastor Ben McCauley of Full Gospel Church will also participate in this event. Titusville Girl Scout troops, under the direction of Cheri Mott and Nicole Schmidt, will raise the flag. Take your own lawn chairs to the event.
• Richmond Township holds a Memorial Day service on Monday at 10 a.m. at the township Recreation Building, 30031 Route 408. The event starts with Ray Crocker as master of ceremonies, World War II veteran Ken Preston as keynote speaker, roll call of township veterans and active servicemen and -women, and the Rev. Harry Zurasky offering prayer and benediction. Patriotic music will be provided by the Amy family. The public is invited to attend.
• Saegertown American Legion Post 205 holds a Memorial Day service to honor veterans on Monday at 9 a.m. at the Town Square. Guest speaker is Howard Roxberry. Educational awards will be presented, and the Saegertown Junior-Senior High School marching band will perform. Refreshments will follow at the American Legion post. Those attending are asked to use the Park Avenue side door to the building. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside American Legion Post 205.
• The Southside Cemetery Association holds its annual public memorial service at the cemetery on Canal Road, south of Shermansville on Sunday at 2 p.m. The guest speaker will be Estella Hyde of Linesville. The public is invited to attend.
• Lakeview community gathers to observe Memorial Day at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township, on Monday at 10 a.m. Featured guest speaker will be Jimmy Arbogast, retired commander sergeant major. Boy Scout Troop 55 of Greenville will serve as honor guard. Bagpiper Lawrence Bubeck will perform, the National Anthem will be sung by Chris Williams and selections will be provided by Lakeview High School Marching Band. Take a lawn chair. In case of inclement weather, the observance will be moved to the Sandy Lake Wesleyan Church across from the cemetery. The event is being co-sponsored by the Lakeview Area Ministerium and the Scott A Black Funeral Home.
• The Monday morning Memorial Day parade and ceremony in Scheide Park are being sponsored by American Legion Post 368, Bruce Shorts Post 5958 and the Marine Corp League, in conjunction with the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Here is the schedule:
9:45 a.m.: Parade starts from Giant Eagle parking lot to Central Avenue
9:55: Arrive at Scheide Park
10: All units form
10:06: All units call to attention by master of ceremonies Bill McCrillis, Veterans of Foreign Wars commander
10:07: Invocation by Gary Leyda, American Legion chaplain, retired U.S. Navy
10:08: Raising of the flag by Boy Scout Troop 97, of Hydetown, led by Doug Mehok
10:09: National Anthem sung by Nicole McCann
10:11: Pledge of Allegiance by Boy and Girl Scouts (Girl Scouts of the Titusville area), led by Cheri Mott
10:15: Welcoming by Bill McCrillis
10:20: Placing of the wreath at the War Memorial by Bill McCrillis; Harry Gustafson, American Legion commander; and Garry Hartsell, Marine Corps League commandant
10:25: Titusville High School Band plays
10:28: Reading of the Memorial Scroll by Harry Gustafson, American Legion commander
10:31: “Salute to Our Fallen Heroes,” VFW Honor Guard and American Legion
10:34: Titusville High School Band
10:38: Introduction of guest speaker Jim Gross. Other speakers: Evan Mehok and Jeremy Dahl, Maplewood students and winners of the VFW state competition.
10:46: Closing remarks by master of ceremonies Bill McCrillis
10:48: Benediction by Gary Leyda, American Legion chaplain
The public is invited to the American Legion and/or VFW after the ceremony for open houses.