Memorial Day observances in Crawford County

Memorial Day observances in Crawford County

The Southside Cemetery Association will hold its annual public memorial service at the cemetery located at 7627 Conley Road, Conneaut Lake, on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Means Flynn American Legion Post 615 will have its Memorial Day ceremony at the Conneautville Cemetery, located off Washington Street, on Monday at 9 a.m.

The Cochranton American Legion Post 836 has announced the Memorial Day observance at the Cochranton Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m. The event will include a parade starting at 9:30 a.m., which forms at the Cochranton Area Public Library and proceeds up Adams Street to the cemetery.

The main speaker for the Cochranton Cemetery service is Stephen Carroll, a Cochranton resident and Vietnam Veteran. The program will feature patriot readings, including Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Joyce Kilmer's World War I poem, "In Flanders Field." Music will be provided by the Cochranton High School Marching Band and a special choral selection by the Cochranton's Women Club.

Special guests at the Cochranton Cemetery event include members of the 150th Pennsylvania "Bucktail" Brigade and World War II historian Pat Emig. The Cochranton Heritage Society has organized a self-guided tour of the resting places of local residents killed in action, and there will be a display of military "Honor Rolls" honoring local residents who served in the nation's wars. The ceremony will conclude with a roll-call of recent interred veterans, a traditional rifle salute, and taps.

In case of inclement weather, the Cochranton observance will begin at 10 a.m. at Cochranton Junior Senior High School.

Richmond Township will hold a Memorial Day observance at 10 a.m. on Monday at the township recreation building located at 30031 State Highway 408, Townville. The event will include a roll call of township veterans and active servicemen and women. Patriotic music will be provided by the New Richmond Church choir, and Pastor Harry Zurasky will perform pastoral duties. The guest speaker will be Greg Armstrong. The public is invited to attend.

The Conneaut Lake Kiwanis Club will hold its Memorial Day observance in Memorial Park at 10 a.m. on Monday. Pastor Dan Mealy will give the invocation and benediction, and Ret. Lt. Col. Gary Hough will be the speaker. The event will be recorded and can be viewed on the Conneaut Lake Historical Society Facebook page.

Decorative red, white, and blue wreaths will be available for purchase, and grilled hot dogs, chips, and beverages will be on sale at the Conneaut Lake Historical Museum. The Conneaut Lake Garden Club will also be selling plants at Livingston's, and the Margaret Shontz Memorial Library is selling books at Ralston's Hardware Store.

The Meadville Area Memorial Day observance will take place on Monday. The parade route in downtown Meadville will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m., and Diamond Park itself will be closed to traffic from around 9 a.m. until noon. The parade will start at 10 a.m., followed by the observance at 11 a.m.

 Charles Castelluccio will be the parade marshal and guest speaker. The Meadville Area Memorial Day Observance Committee has requested that all Meadville-area churches toll their bells at noon on Memorial Day to honor those who have lost their lives in service to their country.

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