“Our Hometown Heroes” display tops 1,000 images
BETHLEHEM, PA—A record 1,000 images of local veterans and active military personnel will greet guests at the annual Memorial Day Celebration presented by Embassy Bank May 26-28 at SteelStacks.
As part of the “Our Hometown Heroes” display, veterans, active members of the U.S. military and their families submitted 133 photos in 2018, bringing the total number of images submitted since “Our Hometown Heroes” began in 2011 to 1,031. The weekend also includes veterans’ programs and remembrance activities, transforming SteelStacks into a living memorial honoring men and women from throughout the region who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.
“When we started ‘Our Hometown Heroes’ in 2011, we could not have envisioned the overwhelming response this project would receive,” says Embassy Bank CEO, President and Chairman Dave Lobach Jr. “When you think about the fact that there are now more than 1,000 images of veterans and active and former military personnel on the banners it’s simply incredible. ‘Our Hometown Heroes’ has been embraced by our region’s residents since day one and really highlights the respect our community has for everyone who protects and serves our great nation.”
Weekend highlights include:
Veterans Performance Reading
ArtsQuest Center, 2nd Floor Fowler Blast Furnace Room
Sat., May 26, 5:30 p.m.
The community is invited to listen to veterans and family members speak a tribute to those they have lost in observance of Memorial Day. Veteran Jenny Pacanowski of Bethlehem will curate the spoken word performance which includes a collaboration of performers from the groups Female Veterans Empowered to Transition, Warrior Writers and One Fight Foundation. The performances, which follow private writing workshops for veterans and their families, are designed to build comradery, provide strength and offer catharsis by discussing war and home front experiences through the written word.
Remember Our Heroes Luminary Display
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
Sun., May 27, 7 p.m.
Join us as we remember our heroes with a luminary display in honor of family and friends who served in the United States Armed Forces. Luminaries can be purchased for $5 each, with all proceeds donated to the Lehigh Valley American Gold Star Mothers. To reserve your luminaries in advance, visit www.steelstacks.org/memorial-day.
A Time to Remember
Levitt Pavilion Stage
Mon., May 28, 5 p.m.
The Memorial Day Weekend celebration concludes with a memorial service to remember the Lehigh Valley’s fallen soldiers.
Throughout the weekend, guests can also enjoy free, live music, including headlining shows by artists performing at the Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series.
The complete Memorial Day Celebration performance schedule is:
Sat., May 26
3 p.m. Scott Marshall & the Hillbilly Souls | TD Community Stage
7:30 p.m. Atlanta Rhythm Section | Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
9 p.m. The Hook | TD Community Stage
Sun., May 27
3 p.m. The Wallace Brothers | TD Community Stage
6 p.m. Zaire | TD Community Stage
7:30 p.m. Slam Allen Band | Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
9 p.m. Tanqueray Hayward | TD Community Stage
Mon., May 28
3 p.m. National Moment of Silence | TD Community Stage
3:30 p.m. Billy Bauer Band | TD Community Stage
5:30 p.m. The SwingTime Dolls | TD Community Stage
7:30 p.m. Still Surfin’ – A Tribute to The Beach Boys | Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
The Memorial Day Celebration presented by Embassy Bank begins at 3 p.m. each day. For more information, visit www.steelstacks.org.
Information provided to TVL by:
Mark Demko, ArtsQuest