Memorial Day parade, service set for Monday in Kulpmont
KULPMONT - The Kulpmont Veterans Committee announced the annual Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Service at Roosevelt Court will be held Monday.
Participants are asked to meet at the American Legion Post 231 at 9 a.m.
Courtesy of King Coal, a bus will transport the group to the Veterans of Foreign War Post building on Chestnut Street for initial pick-up and then proceed to St. Casimir's, St. Mary's and the Protestant cemetaries for graveside services honoring deceased veterans.
At 10:30 a.m. the parade participants will start to form at the American Legion grounds, Ninth and Ash streets. The veterans color guard will line up first in the 800 block of Pine Street. Classic convertibles will transport post officers, honored guests, auxiliary members, clergy and digitaries. This is the first division.
Next in line will be the fourth degree Knights of Columbus, Holy Angels cheerleaders, athletes, Boy and Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies. Marion Heights children's sports and Girl and Boy Scout programs are invited to participate followed by the East End Fire Company and its supplemental units.
In the second division will be the VFW and disabled veterans of the area, followed by the Mount Carmel Area Marching Band, under the direction of Bernard F. Stellar, featuring the cheerleaders and majorettes of Mount Carmel Area High School. Following them will be the Kulpmont West End Fire Company and its ancillary and youth football and baseball teams, coaches and staff.
The next group will be the fire and ambulance organizations from Mount Carmel area, Mount Carmel Township, Marion Heights and Kulpmont, including emergency services personnel and officers.
The parade will begin promptly at 11 a.m. when the Mount Carmel Area Band arrives from an out-of-town program.
The parade will then proceed east on Pine to Sixth Street, south to Chestnut Street, and west to Eleventh Street, where the veterans color guard will exit to Roosevelt Court for ceremony preparation.
All other units will continue on a west route to Thirteenth Street, left to Scott Street and east to Eleventh Street, and then north to the memorial tablets at Roosevelt Court where Memorial Day services will be conducted.
Albert J. Goodlunas, American Legion commander, will be master of ceremonies. Invocation will be given by the Rev. Andrew Stahmer, of Holy Angels Parish. A prayer for peace will be given by American Legion Chaplain Robert Daniels. Also veterans' chaplains' prayers will be given by Robert Daniels and Frank Rakowski.
Mayor Bernard Novakoski will give a welcoming address. The Mount Carmel Area Band, under the direction of Bernard Stellar, will play the National Anthem while the flag is raised by veterans Charles Bolesta and Ellsworth Puddy.
A rifle salute will be followed by the playing of Taps by veteran Jerry Buchinski in memory of all deceased veterans. Benediction will be given by the Rev. Beverly Petrovich of Kulpmont First United Methodist Church.
This year's parade committee includes American Legion Auxiliary members, president Elizabeth Chapman, vice president Rosalie Ziegler, treasurer Regina Poplaski, secretary Carol Patton, historian Dorothy Andrewleski, sergeant-at-arms Florence Willard and auxiliary member Jackie Butler. Veteran committee members are commander Albert J. Goodlunas, chaplain Robert Daniels, adjutant Rose Koldash, directors Andy Bednarchick and Kenneth Sieklicki and sergeant-at-arms Ellsworth Puddy.
In the event of rain, the services will be held at the American Legion grounds, where refreshments will be served to all parade participants.
The community is invited to participate in the ceremony.
New flags and markers have been placed and repairs have been made at all cemeteries in Marion Heights and Kulpmont. Anyone who knows of a grave that is unmarked by Saturday afternoon, is asked to notify members of the parade committee or obtain a flag or marker at the post home.