More than 200 local officials, residents and neighbors attended Brookhaven’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony last week at Memorial Island.
Councilwoman Denise Leslie, a Navy veteran, welcomed attendees and offered a brief history of Memorial Day.
American Legion Post 94 member Harry Seth served as master of ceremonies, followed by singing of the National Anthem led by the St. James High School Alumni Choir. Abigail Seth led the group in singing “God Bless America.”
Guest speaker, U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-7) said Memorial Day traditionally signals the beginning of summer but the day is meant to “honor specifically those who died and gave what President Lincoln called ‘the last full measure of devotion for our nation.’”
Meehan mentioned current conflicts where U.S. soldiers are continuing to die and recognized the six American soldiers who were recently killed in a helicopter crash while on a mercy mission to aid citizens in Nepal.
American Legion Adjutant Jack Ruth described the origin of the poem, “In Flanders Fields,” written during World War I and fourth grade girl scout Emily Bartholf read the poem to the audience.
While former Penn-Delco School District music teacher Lynn Stauffer played taps, and the Sun Valley Marine Corps JRROTC performed a rifle salute, members of the American Legion and Boy and Girl Scouts joined Meehan in laying wreaths at the war memorials.
Also there were the Road Warriors, a motorcycle group that honors veterans,
At the conclusion of the ceremony, people were invited to borough hall for light refreshments.
In Aston, residents lined Concord Road to watch the annual Memorial Day parade.
Sponsored by American Legion Post #926, the parade included veterans, members of the Ladies Auxiliary, emergency vehicles, the Sun Valley High School band, and more.