Shamokin anniversary parade program to be tribute to veterans, current troops
SHAMOKIN - A souvenir program for the parade celebrating Shamokin's 150th anniversary will be dedicated to those who have or are serving in the military.
During recent meetings, committee members unanimously agreed area veterans and current service members deserve to have the July 5 parade dedicated in their honor. The program will be sold for $1 along the parade route minutes before the start of the parade and is expected to become a keepsake.
The program will be "dedicated to those from the greater Shamokin area now serving and those who have honorably served in the military of the United States of America."
Rather than solicit businesses to sponsor ads to defray printing costs, committee members decided to offer family and friends of veterans the chance to list their loved ones for $7.
The list will include the name of the veteran, living or deceased, their rank, branch and theatre of service.
Display block tributes can also be purchased in one-eighth, one-quarter, half-page or full-page sizes.
The committee is working on a list of all area active-duty service men and women to honor them in the program without charge.
Tributes can be mailed to or dropped off at 49 E. Independence St. (next to Wendy's). For more information, contact Bill Dudeck at 570-259-0530.
The parade, which is being planned and organized by the Fifth Ward Parade committee, a subcommittee of Shamokin's official 150th Anniversary Committee, promises to be one of the grandest Shamokin has seen in recent history, committee officials said.
Without many businesses to draw from to sponsor floats and marching units as was done during the 1964 centennial parade, entertainment will be brought in from near and far.
A few Philadelphia Mummers string bands, a world-class pipe and drum corps, a contingent from the Algonquin Indian Nation, Shriner units and a host of other surprises are just a few of the entrants already booked, officials said.
The parade is being financed by the raffle of a brand new 2014 Camaro convertible acquired and purchased through B&L Chevrolet of Shamokin. Approximately 7,000 chances are being sold at $10 each. The winner will be drawn on the morning of the parade. The winner will also become the official parade marshal and will lead the 2 p.m. parade in their new car.
About a quarter of the tickets have been sold. Several locations are selling tickets, and the Camaro can be viewed in the B&L dealership showroom. For tickets, call Marian Edmondson at 570-648-5813 or Vanessa Dudeck at 570-863-8410.