Memorial Day programs planned to honor military
Area veterans groups and other organizations will honor military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice with ceremonies and services this weekend.
• Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 will begin the day with a service at Fairview Cemetery, 10 a.m., followed by a 10:15 a.m. program on the Pine Street Bridge.
At 10:30 a.m., members will be at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park for a ceremony, followed by a 10:45 a.m. service at St. Mary’s cemetery. The day will conclude 11 a.m. at the post home, 330 Second St.
• St. John’s United Church of Christ, Mickleys, 2918 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, will host a worship service 9:30 a.m. Also participating in the event are both Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church and Hokendauqua American Legion Post 739 members.
Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong will be the guest speaker.
Weather permitting, the service will be held in front of the maintenance building at the east end of St. John’s cemetery along Eberhart Road. If the weather is inclement, the service will be held inside the church.
Faith’s Sunday school youth will be singing during the service, as well as placing flowers on the graves of veterans. The American Legion Color Guard will honor the dead.
• Stanley W. Reinhard American Legion Post 426, Coplay, will begin its holiday services at a 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 4 S. Fifth St., Coplay.
The legion contingent and auxiliary will meet at the post home, 134 S. Second St., for a service and wreath-laying ceremony at the Coplay Saengerbund veterans war monument, 205 S. Fifth St.
The program will then move to the St. Peter cemetery on Hokendauqua Street, followed by the St. John the Baptist cemetery, 3024 S. Ruch St., and the Stiles veterans war memorial.
They will then move to Coplay cemetery on Ruch Street and gather at the borough war veterans monument, Chestnut and Maple streets.
The day will conclude 1:30 p.m. with a program in front of the Post 426 home.
• Hokendauqua American Legion Post 739 will hold a Memorial Day ceremony 11:15 a.m. at the triangle, Third and South streets.
• Donald S. Reinert Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7293 will begin its Memorial Day services 9 a.m. at the Cementon veterans plaza on Main Street, followed by a 9:30 a.m. service at the triangle on South Church Street. The participants will move to Egypt Memorial Park for a 10 a.m. program and then to a 10:30 a.m. ceremony on the grounds of the Whitehall Township Municipal Building, 3219 MacArthur Road. The members will conclude the day’s events with a service on the post grounds, 5209 Spring Mill Road.
• Fullerton American Legion Post 367 will hold a service 10 a.m. at the post home, 609 Fullerton Ave.
• Whitehall Township will mark the holiday with a special program 10:30 a.m. at its new veterans plaza, on the municipal building grounds, 3219 MacArthur Road.
• Sons of Veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic, Captain Theodore H. Howell Camp No. 48, will begin its holiday services 8:15 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Cherryville Road. From there, the contingent will travel to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Seemsville, for a 9 a.m. service in the church and at the cemetery. The members will make stops at Emmanuel’s Lutheran Church, Emanuelsville, 10:20 a.m.; Christ United Church of Christ, Little Moore, between Klecknersville and Rockville, 11 a.m.; and Horner’s Cemetery, Nor-Bath Boulevard, noon. Sons of Veterans’ final stop of the day will be at Zion Stone UCC, Kreidersville, 2 p.m.
The group’s commander is Donald D. Schwartz.
• Sons of Veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic, Captain Theodore H. Howell Camp No. 48, will participate in an 8 a.m. service at the Northampton Borough veterans plaza, 14th Street and Dewey Avenue. Members will move to Allen Union Cemetery, Fourth and Main streets, for an 8:45 a.m. service. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at Grace UCC, Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue. At 9:45 a.m., a program will begin at St. John’s UCC, Howertown, followed by an 11 a.m. tribute at the Siegfried memorial on West 21st Street.
• Northampton Joint Veterans Association will hold its Memorial Day ceremony 11 a.m. at the veterans plaza, 14th Street and Dewey Avenue. Members of American Legion Post 353, Catholic War Veterans Post 454 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 will participate.