MOUNT CARMEL - The Mount Carmel Area Joint Veterans Committee announced its Memorial Day activities and elected officers at its meeting Sunday, April 27, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2110.

On Saturday, May 24, American flags will be placed on the graves of veterans beginning with Saint Mary's Cemetery in Beaverdale. Those wishing to help with this project will meet at 10 a.m. at the VFW Post, 21 W. Second St. American flags will also be placed on the light poles on Oak Street.

The Memorial Day Mass will be held at Divine Redeemer Church, Avenue and Poplar Street, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 25. Area veterans, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and Knights of Columbus Bishop Lawrence F. Schott Assembly 959 will meet at the church by 10:15 a.m. The Reverend Martin O. Moran III will officiate.

At 1 p.m. "The Changing of the Colors" flag ceremony will be held at the flag pole at the Susquehanna Bank, Second and Oak streets. The flag will be raised in honor and memory of John R. Scott, who served as a private with Company D, 8th PA Cavalry and Company D, 16th PA Cavalry during the Civil War.

On Monday, May 26, Memorial Day activities will begin at American Legion Post 91, Avenue and Maple Street, beginning at 8:15 a.m. Wreaths will be placed at the memorials dedicated to Mount Carmel veterans who died in this country's wars of the 20th century. The flag will be lowered to half-staff, a volley of shots fired, and "Taps" sounded by members of the Mount Carmel Area High School Band. Those participating in the ceremony are to be present by 8 a.m.

Led by police cruisers of the Mount Carmel Borough and Mount Carmel Township Police Departments, those assembled will then form on Maple Street and proceed south to Second Street, and east on Second Street to Oak Street where a service will be held at the monuments at the Susquehanna Bank. Joined by the Mount Carmel Area High School Band, who will play a selection of patriotic music, the flag will be lowered to half-staff, wreaths placed at the monuments, a volley of shots fired, and "Taps" played.

The parade will then march east on Second Street to Hickory Street, south on Hickory Street to Third Street, and west on Third Street to Oak Street to the World War I plaque on the UNB Bank. The band will again play a musical selection, a volley of shots fired, and "Taps" sounded.

Joined by emergency vehicles, the line of march will travel west on Third Street to Saint Mary's Cemetery in Beaverdale. There, Knights of Columbus Bishop Lawrence F. Schott Assembly 959 will have their service at the memorial dedicated to Bishop Schott who served as the pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg until his death on March 11, 1963.

Those marching will then proceed to Mount Carmel Cemetery where American Legion Post 91 will hold its service at the grave of Harry Geist, who is one of the two persons for whom the Post is named. Geist, a corporal in Company B, 1st United States Engineers, was the second soldier from Mount Carmel to be killed in action on July 20, 1918, in France after the United States entered the First World War.

James A. Garfield Camp No. 34, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will also hold their service in Mount Carmel Cemetery. The ceremony will be held at the grave of Charles Deitrick, who served as a private with Company D, 48th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.

From there, those assembled will travel by vehicle to Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Locust Gap where Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2110 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 129 will hold its services.

Following the day's events, food and refreshments will be available at the American Legion beginning at 11 a.m.

Area veterans and the public are invited to participate and attend all the activities in Mount Carmel and at the cemeteries as the deceased service men and women are remembered during the holiday. The public and area businesses and organizations are encouraged to display the American flag for the holiday and at all times.

Officers elected for the coming year were Andrew Bubnis, president; James Kealy, vice-president, William Begis, treasurer; David Berezovske, secretary; Walter Summers, chaplain, and Larry Latsko, Joseph Lutcavage and Norman Nye, trustees.

Organized in 1954, the committee is comprised of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2110 and its Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Geist-Berkanski Post 91, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 129, James A. Garfield Camp No. 34, Sons of Veterans of the Civil War, and Knights of Columbus Bishop Lawrence F. Schott Assembly 959.