Memorial Day plans finalized

The Memorial Day Committee has announced completed plans for the annual observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2011. The day's activities will begin at 8 a.m. with graveside services by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1047 in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at the gravesite of World War II Veteran William Herbstritt. Similar services will be conducted at the gravesite of Korean War Veteran Larry Bucher Jr. in the Presbyterian Cemetery on Washington Street. The public is invited and urged to attend these impressive ceremonies, which emulate the true meaning of Memorial Day. Formation of the parade will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the American Legion parking lot on Center Street. The parade will move out promptly at 10 a.m. Special note: Because of the increased liability concerns, all parade participants are asked to please refrain from throwing souvenir items, candy, etc., from their vehicles during the parade. Routing for the parade will be the same as in previous years, proceeding first to Memorial Park, then to the Diamond in Downtown St. Marys for the final service. Because of the disruptive traffic noise on the Diamond, the committee has decided that the major part of the program will be presented at Memorial Park, including the address by the Honorary Grand Marshal. All are encouraged to participate at both Memorial Day sites. Retired USAF Lt. Colonel Victor Straub will serve as master of ceremonies. Following the service on the Diamond, free ice cream and soft drinks will be available at the Legion Home for all children. In the event of inclement weather, the full program will be transferred to the Elk County Catholic High School auditorium. The Memorial Day Committee is pleased and honored to have Lt. Col. Daniel F. Kuntz, U.S. Army, as this year's Honorary Grand Marshal and to have WWII Veteran Leo (Link) Simbeck as the Parade Grand Marshal. The traditional Memorial Day Mass for all deceased veterans will be held in the St. Mary's Catholic Church on Saturday, May 28 at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.