Mount Carmel Area Joint Veterans Committee raise 454th flag
MOUNT CARMEL - On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued General Order No. 11, which stated that "the 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land."
On Sunday, May 25, the Mount Carmel Area Joint Veterans Committee raised its 454th flag, which was flown during the Memorial Day holiday, in honor and memory of a veteran of that war.
John R. Scott was born April 25, 1841, in England. When he was three years old he came to the United States with his parents and they were among the early settlers in Mount Carmel. They resided in Bell's Tunnel, which was located east of the borough.
Scott was mustered into service during the Civil War at Philadelphia as a private on February 24, 1864, with Company D, 8th Pennsylvania Calvary. He was later transferred to Company D, 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry on July 24, 1865. He was mustered out with his company on August 11, 1865. He participated in the battles of Petersburg and Richmond and the Welden Railroad Campaign.
A widower, his wife Emily preceded him in death in 1908.
Scott was a member of the Burnside Post No. 92, Grand Army of the Republic; Lodge No. 630, International Order of Odd Fellows; and the First Presbyterian Church, all of Mount Carmel.
Scott died December 2, 1927, and is buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Mount Carmel Township. At the time of his death he was survived by four sons, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. With Scott's death only seven members of the Burnside Post remained.
The flag that was flown for the past month was in honor and memory of Robert Jerome Wydra, who served in Korea with the U.S. Army. Taps was sounded on the bugle by Norman Nye as the flag was lowered by Anthony Candelora. The flag was folded by William Begis, James Kealy and Candelora. The flag was presented to Wydra's son Robert by Walter Summers.
The Scott flag was escorted to the ceremony by Connie Andrews and was presented by J. Kevin Jones, past commander of James A. Garfield Camp No. 34, SUVCW to Summers. The flag was raised by Candelora as the national anthem was played. David Berezovske read the military records of both veterans. Summers led everyone in the singing of "God Bless America" and the ceremony ended with a silent salute to all veterans. Summers thanked the families of both veterans and those in attendance for their participation.
Charles Noskiviak carried the American flag and the rifle escort was provided by Andrew Bubnis and Dennis Koprowski. Kealy provided traffic control. Also participating in the ceremony were Ann Ray Begis, David Begis, John Hirsch and Lance Nelson.
The Susquehanna Bank was thanked for displaying Scott's name on its message board.
The next flag ceremony will be 1 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Second and Oak Streets. Area veterans and the public are invited to attend.