MOUNT CARMEL - The Mount Carmel Area Joint Veterans Committee held its 450th "Changing of the Colors" flag ceremony Jan. 19, at the flag pole of the Susquehanna Bank in honor and memory of a veteran of World War II.

John F. Shimock Jr. was born Oct. 16, 1926, in Mount Carmel, a son of John F. and Catherine (Pergenski) Shimock Sr. He was a 1944 graduate of Mount Carmel High School and a 1950 graduate of Bucknell University, Lewisburg.

A veteran of World War II, Shimock entered the U.S. Navy Oct. 13, 1944, and was honorably discharged July 4, 1946.

He was married in Mount Carmel Nov. 12, 1955, to the former Pearl E. Bubernack, who survives.

Following his graduation from Bucknell, he joined his father in the family business known as Shimock's Furniture in Mount Carmel. Retiring in 1992, he passed on the business to his son, John F. Shimock III.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Knights of Columbus Bishop Lawrence F. Schott Council 628 and Assembly 959, American Legion Post 91, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 356 and Sons of Poland, all of Mount Carmel.

Active in his community, he served on the boards of the Liberty State Bank and Mount Carmel Sewer Authority, both of Mount Carmel, Northumberland County Housing Authority, Shamokin State Hospital Board and the State Senatorial Scholarship Committee.

Shimock died Dec. 27, and is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Mount Carmel Township.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, two daughters, six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

The flag that was flown for the past month was in honor and memory of Leonard Sahonick, who served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam War.

Taps was sounded on the bugle by Ann Ray Begis as the flag was lowered by William Begis. The flag was folded by Anthony Candelora, James Kealy and Begis. The flag was presented to Miriam Berezovske by Walter Summers.

The Shimock flag was escorted to the ceremony by Summers and was presented by Shimock's wife Pearl. The flag was raised by Begis as the national anthem was played. David Berezovske read the military records of both veterans. Summers led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and the ceremony ended with a silent salute to all veterans. Summers thanked the families and those in attendance for their participation.

Charles Noskoviak carried the American flag, and the rifle escort was provided by Norman Nye and Larry Lasko. Kealy provided traffic control. Also participating in the ceremony was Andrew Bubnis.

The Susquehanna Bank was thanked for displaying Shimock's name on its message board.

The next flag ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Second and Oak streets when the flag will be raised in honor and memory of Francis Vincent Kwiakowski, who served in the U.S. Navy. Area veterans and the public are invited to attend.