Local Memorial Day services scheduled

Staff Writer

Throughout Elk County, several Memorial Day services have been planned throughout multiple municipalities.
In Ridgway, a Memorial Day service begins at 9 a.m. with a Clarion River bridge service which is dedicated to those lost at sea.
This initial service will be presented by Donna Sorg for the American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Honor Guard.
Directly following the bridge service will be a parade through Main Street, with Korean War veterans Freddie Streich, Don Milchuck and Bob Samick serving as chief marshals.
This year's parade director will be Sally Jo Warner.
Spectators can expect to see the Ridgway Police Department, the Ridgway American Legion, the VFW Honor Detail, the Ridgway Area High School Band, the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department and the Ridgway area Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts within the parade.
The parade will be followed by a program on the lawn of the Elk County Courthouse, weather permitting.
If weather conditions are unfavorable, the program will be moved to the Ridgway fire hall along North Broad Street.
The program will be led by an invocation delivered by Pastor Craig Duffield, with Mamie Mader following soon after with General Logan's Order #11.
Ridgway Police Chief Ralph Tettis will deliver the policeman's prayer before the boy scouts and girl scouts combine for the reading of "Old Glory."
The Ridgway Area High School band will also be active in this program, playing various song selections, including the national anthem and "God Bless America."
Retired Army Colonel Vincent Tedesco will be featured as this year's guest speaker.
The Ridgway Military Honor Detail will also be on hand for volley, taps and to raise the flag to full staff during the national anthem.
Finally, a luncheon will be served at the Ridgway fire hall along North Broad Street.
In Johnsonburg, Memorial Day services will begin at 8 a.m. as a flag ceremony will be held at Memorial Field.
This will be followed by a Naval Service at Rolfe Bridge at 8:15 a.m.
At 8:45, a veterans walk will occur before a program starts at the gazebo at 9 a.m.
Members of the Johnsonburg Area High School band will be on hand to perform selections such as the "Star Spangled Banner."
The invocation and benediction will be delivered by Bob Johnson.
Johnsonburg Borough Mayor Theresa Cherry will deliver the introduction of dignitaries, while the servicemen's detail will be on hand to raise the flag to half staff and to place the wreath at the memorial.
This year's guest speakers include Megan Fannin, Jenna Tomaski, Jimmy Elinski and Cassidy Fabris.
Tomaski is this year's American Legion scholarship winner.
Bob Bowser, Bob Jacobs and David Zilkofski will also deliver the roll call of those killed in action, roll call of wars, and roll call of deceased veterans respectively.
Following the services at the gazebo, refreshments will be served at the Johnsonburg Senior Center, and there will be a memorial mass in the Holy Rosary Catholic Church with David J. Wilson officiating.

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