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Memorial Day 2015: Parades & Events

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ALLENTOWN: Lehigh Valley Veterans for Peace are holding a Memorial Day Observance 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday at Cedar Beach Park, Hamilton and Ott streets, Allentown. The observance will feature a display of simulated grave markers bearing the names of Pennsylvanians killed while in military service in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. Lehigh Valley Veterans for Peace members will be on hand throughout the day for quiet discussion with those who visit the display. This display has been updated and set-up in the Lehigh Valley for Memorial Day and Veterans Day by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Veterans For Peace each year since 2010.

BANGOR: The Bangor VFW, American Legion and Elks will present a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Cemetery, 6th Street and Founders Park, at South Main Street. There will be a free trolley from Bangor American Legion and Bangor Elks to the cemetery. Guest speaker is state Sen. Mario Scavello. Slate Belt area high school seniors who will be entering the military will be recognized. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at the Bangor VFW.

EAST BANGOR: A Memorial Day service will he held 1 p.m. Monday at East Bangor Cemetery, Park Road. The speaker will be Ellis Williams, a U.S. Army veteran. There will be a roll call of those veterans who have died in the past year and are buried at East Bangor Cemetery. Musical selections will be offered by The Ellis Williams Trio. A gun salute will be fired by the Martocci-Capobianco Post 750 American Legion, Roseto. In case of rain, the service will be held at the East Bangor United Methodist Community Church, 136 W. Central Ave. (Rt. 512).

BETHLEHEM: The second annual “Buglers Across America” will be held on Memorial Day. The event pays tribute to veterans who gave their lives by creating the effect of an echo as players perform the solemn 24-note taps, one after the other, beginning at 8 a.m. Buglers will be spaced 50 yards apart from the Nisky Hill Cemetery, 24 E. Church St., to Memorial Cemetery, 1851 Linden St. As one bugler plays taps in full, the next will begin. The group will continue with its solo echo performance of taps until the last bugler sounds it off at Memorial Park. About 50 performers are expected.

BETHLEHEM: The fifth annual Memorial Day Celebration at SteelStacks will be held May 23-25. The weekend-long event, which will also pay tribute to veterans and active members of the U.S. military, will feature a memorial service on Memorial Day, as well as patriotic and family-focused programming throughout the weekend. More than 550 images of local veterans and active military personnel will also be displayed at SteelStacks as part of the “Our Hometown Heroes” display.

EASTON: At 9 a.m. Monday, a firing detail from American Legion Post No. 9 will render honors at the Grand Army of the Republic plot in Easton Cemetery, followed by the sounding of taps. At 10:15 a.m. the Easton Memoral Day parade will step off starting at Sixth and Northampton streets and proceed to the free bridge, where joint services with be conducted with the Phillipsburg parade group. The Easton parade will then regroup at Scott Park for the conclusion of the Memorial Day program. Any group that would like to march in the Easton parade can show up at Sixth and Walnut streets at 9:30 a.m. and fall in with the third division.

EASTON: Rice-Ebner American Legion Auxiliary Unite No. 588 and the South Side Civic Association are sponsoring a service at 1 p.m. Sunday in McKeen Park, adjacent to the fire station at Berwick and Reynolds streets. Speakers include Mayor Sal Panto and Pastor George Zacharda of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

WEST EASTON: A Memorial Day service will be held 9 a.m. Monday at Seventh and Center streets.

NAZARETH: Parade starts at 10 a.m. at the circle, organized by the American Legion Post 415 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4366. The parade covers Main, Prospect, Broad, Belvidere, Mauch Chunk and Center streets. Concludes with a service at borough hall.

PEN ARGYL: Memorial Day services will be conducted by Pen Argyl American Legion, Charles Nelson Lobb Post 502, beginning at 9 a.m. Monday at Fairview Cemetery. In case of rain, services will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 404 East Mountain Ave., Pen Argyl. Capt. Edward Smith, USNR, will be the guest speaker.