Free Veterans’ Writing and Storytelling Events Highlight Weekend’s Programs
BETHLEHEM, PA—A free screening of “The Unknowns,” the display of more than 1,000 images of veterans on the ‘Our Hometown Heroes’ banners, a National Moment of Remembrance and special veterans empowerment performance and writing workshop highlight the 2019 Memorial Day Celebration presented by Embassy Bank at SteelStacks May 25-27.
On May 25, 1 p.m., in the ArtsQuest Center’s Fowler Blast Furnace Room, the community is invited to listen to veterans and their families remember those they have lost in service of our nation. Jenny Pacanowski of Women Veterans Empowered and Thriving will curate this ritual of storytelling and explain how ancient cultures utilized performance to bring the community together to grieve, celebrate and hold a space of kindness, compassion and non-judgment.
The following day, from 1-4 p.m., the Banana Factory is holding a free writing and storytelling workshop for veterans and family members to explore their grief, loss, anger and other emotions. The special event is offered to those who have lost themselves or lost someone they loved and need a place outside of the holiday barbeques to express what Memorial Day was truly intended for. The workshop is free and open to all veterans; for more information contact Jenny Pacanowski at womenveteransempowered@
Other Memorial Day Weekend events include:
May 25-26, starting at 7 p.m.
Remember Our Heroes Luminary Display
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. Anyone who wants to participate in the ceremony should complete the online registration form and purchase luminaria at www.steelstacks.org. Proceeds from luminaria purchases will be donated to the Lehigh Valley American Gold Star Mothers.
May 27, noon
‘The Unknowns’ Documentary Screening
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
Enjoy a free screening of this documentary about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the sentinels who stand guard 24/7 at our nation’s most sacred shrine.
National Moment of Remembrance
3 p.m. | Highmark Stage on the Air Products Town Square
A Time to Remember
5 p.m. | Levitt Pavilion Stage
The Memorial Day Weekend celebration concludes with a memorial service to remember the Lehigh Valley’s fallen soldiers.
Highmark Stage on the Air Products Town Square
3 p.m. – Sing for America
5:30 p.m. – Scott Marshall & Marshall’s Highway
9 p.m. – The Beautiful Distortion
3 p.m. – Ed McKendry
5:30 p.m. – Hydraulic Lime
9 p.m. – American Dinosaur
3:30 p.m. – Billy Bauer Band
5:30 p.m. – The Swingtime Dolls
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
May 25, 7:30 p.m. – Cracker
May 26, 7:30 p.m. – Mike Mains & The Branches
May 27, 7:30 p.m. – Maybird
The Memorial Day Celebration presented by Embassy Bank begins at 3 p.m. each day. For more information, visit www.steelstacks.org.