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May 29th, 2012
MT. ZION -Â Members of the Mt. Zion Historical Society, Vietnam Veterans of America Bucktail Chapter 720, and American Legion Post 978 all worked together to fulfill the dream of the late Ronald Guilyard on Saturday, dedicating a memorial at the Mt. Zion Historical Park in honor of the eight soldiers from Elk County who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.
The memorial contains a depiction of the country of Vietnam with the names of four of the deceased soldiers on each side. At the bottom, there is also an inscription explaining Guilyardâ€™s influential role in the project.
As the Elk County Catholic High School Class of 2012 bid farewell to their high school careers on Sunday afternoon, student speakers Valedictorian Jacob Herbstritt and Salutatorian Jena Struble recollected a host of memories shared by the graduates.
Herbstritt's address centered around the need to be prepared, a motto he learned as a Boy Scout throughout his youth. Looking back, he questioned if the graduates' time at ECC has prepared them for what lies ahead.
As soldiers of foreign wars are honored for their service and the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day, those of domestic wars are remembered, too. In fact, the holiday was first observed on May 30, 1868, roughly three years after the end of the American Civil War, with flowers being placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
Local historian Ray Beimel illustrated the region's connection to the war and contribution to the Union war effort through the creation of the 13th Pennsylvania Reserves, commonly known as the "Bucktails."
MT. ZION â€“ "Today, as we approach Memorial Day, we remember and honor those who served our country and are no longer among the living, including Ron Guilyard and all those whose Gold Star families are with us today." With these words, Larry Holman, president of the Pennsylvania State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, began his address as the main speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony at Mt. Zion Historical Park on Saturday afternoon.
Area Vietnam veterans now have their own memorial at Memorial Park in St. Marys.
Matthew Quesenberry Jr., a student at St. Marys Area High School and a member of Troop 199, completed his Eagle Scout project just in time for the Memorial Day holiday.
Quesenberry was given a few minutes to address the crowd during Monday morning's Memorial Day ceremony, and briefly recounted his inspiration for the project.
KERSEY - At Monday morning's Fox Twp. Memorial Day celebration, Elk County native Major Ted Kline (USMC-Ret.) was the keynote speaker.
"When I was a fifth grader here in 1975, I never would have imagined back then that this memorial would be on this site and that I would be asked to speak here," Kline said, referring to the adjacent Fox Twp. Elementary School and the veterans' memorial in front of the Fox Twp. Community Center.
Kline noted the importance of Memorial Day in the nation's history and the part it plays in local history.
ST. MARYS - Elk County Catholic High School honored the accomplishments of the Class of 2012 on Sunday afternoon during the school's 50th commencement exercises.
The 72 members of the senior class gathered Sunday morning for graduation activities, which began with a Baccalaureate Mass and a senior slideshow presentation in the school chapel and were followed by a brunch in the gymnasium.
"Memorial Day is meant for remembrance, and remembrance not only of the men and women who gave their lives so that we might be free, but of their families, to whom we also owe the deepest debt of gratitude," said Lieutenant Colonel Randall S. Weisner, honorary grand marshal of the community's Memorial Day parade and guest speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Park on Monday morning.
St. Marys Area United Way Executive Director Candace L. Eckert might be new to the job, but she has been raring to go from day one.
Eckert, who took the position in early April, has been spending time learning the ins and outs of the organization and has set a goal of making as many area residents aware of what the United Way does as possible.
"What I'm hoping to accomplish is to get the United Way out there again. I want to educate people on what the United Way is and what they offer to the community or give back to the community," Eckert said.
ST. MARYS - In honor of Memorial Day, a luminary service hosted by Elk Regional Health Center was held on Thursday night in recognition of individuals and organizations for their service to both community and country.
The evening began with a rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" sung by Betty Schogren, Rene Smith, and the Rev. Craig Duffield.
In welcoming those in attendance, Gregory P. Bauer, president and CEO of Elk Regional Health System, discussed the importance of recognizing the sacrifice of America's servicemen and women.