18 October 2019

Officials announce 2019 Veterans Day parades, services

The Greene County Veterans Affairs Office has recently announced various upcoming parades and services that will be held to honor Veterans Day. 
The annual Greene County Veterans Day Parade, sponsored by the Veterans Council of Greene County, will be held on Saturday, November 9, in downtown Waynesburg. 
The community is invited to come out to thank Greene County veterans past and present, those men and women who deserve to be honored and recognized for their service and dedication to the U.S. Military. 
The parade will then begin at 10:45 a.m. and will proceed down High Street. 
Other participants in the program are as follows: James L. Farrell Post 330 American Legion; along with Waynesburg VFW Post 4793 and Carmichaels VFW Post 3491 and Greene County Honor Guard with the 21 Gun Salute.
This year’s Parade Grand Marshals are veterans of World War II and the Korean War.
Immediately following the parade, a ceremony will be held at James L. Farrell Post 330 American Legion. 
For more information about the parade, call Rick Black, Veterans Day Parade Chairman, at 724-998-0598.

Other Veterans Day services include:
On Tuesday, November 5, at 9 a.m., students and faculty from Waynesburg Central Elementary School will hold a special Veterans Day program in the high school auditorium that will honor local veterans for their service. The many veterans who attend this special program each year are treated to a wide array of patriotic activities conducted by the elementary students, including the Pledge of Allegiance, class presentations, numerous patriotic sing-alongs, the folding of the American flag and more. This is open to the public. 
On Wednesday, November 6, West Greene School District will hold a special Veterans Day Program in the high school auditorium that is open to the public. Refreshments will be offered at 8:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 9 a.m. Students in grades 3-6 will participate in the program, as will the high school chorus. The program will feature a Presentation of Colors by area veterans and Boy Scouts, the Folding of the Flag by Cub Scouts, the recognition of area students who are entering military service, patriotic music and poetry readings and much more. 
On Friday, November 8, at 9:30 a.m., Carmichaels American Legion Post 400 will present a program for the students of Carmichaels Area District in the high school auditorium. The program will feature participation from the students and will include the presentation of the MIA and POW Table, along with the folding of the American Flag and the meaning of the flag’s 13 folds. For more information, contact William Varesko, Commander, at 724-833-5946.
On Sunday, November 10, at 11 a.m., Rogersville United Methodist Church, located at 102 Church Street in Rogersville, will hold a special service for Veterans Day. This program will serve as the Sunday morning worship service presented by Pastor Cynthia Deter. Also, during this service there will be a Presentation of the Quilt of Valor. All veterans are invited to attend and will be recognized for their service, with a luncheon to follow. For more information, contact Pastor Cynthia Deter at 724-833-3845.
On Sunday, November 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a Veterans Breakfast will be held at Carmichaels American Legion Post 400.
On Sunday, November 10, at 4 p.m., a Veterans Day program will be held at Bobtown Honor Roll. The Greene County Honor Guard will take part in the ceremony. There is a dinner to follow. 
On Monday, November 11, at 11 a.m., Carmichaels American Legion Post 400 will have a 21 Gun Salute with the American Legion Post 400 Honor Guard at their post. 
On Monday, November 11, Jefferson American Legion Filer-Sadlek Post 954 will hold its annual Veterans Day Services at 11 a.m. in the Jefferson-Morgan High School’s Stanley Fowler Auditorium. Following the program, Post 954 will conduct their Post Everlasting Ceremony, memorializing three members of Post 954 who have passed away since November 2018. For more information, call Thomas Shumaker, Commander, at 724-377-0632.
On Tuesday, November 12, Carmichaels VFW Post 3491 will present a program for the students of Trinity High School in the high school auditorium. The program will feature folding of the American Flag and the meaning of the flag’s 13 folds. For more information, contact George “Skip” Black, Commander, at 724-966 -5965.
On Tuesday, November 12, at 7 p.m., Harveys-Aleppo Grange in Graysville will host a Veterans Appreciation Evening to honor veterans of any of the U.S. Armed Forces. Certificates will be presented to veterans whose names are submitted in writing by October 31, 2019 to Mary Jane Kent, 476 W. Roy Furman Hwy., Wind Ridge, PA 15380 or by email at kentmaryjane@yahoo.com. The public is encouraged to attend. Coordinators said this program serves as a “Thank You” to veterans from all branches and war times for their service to this country. For more information, contact Mary Jane Kent.
Information pertaining to these services, programs and parades was presented to the Greene County Veterans Affairs Office and to the Greene County Commissioners. 
“The Commissioners encourage residents who are able to attend at least one of these upcoming special Veterans Day events to do so,” said Commissioner Blair Zimmerman. “We hope that residents show their proper respect and honor the men and women who have served, or are serving, this great nation.” 
“There are many different special Veterans Day programs and services that are being offered throughout our county, and I encourage everyone to go out and attend or participate in them,” said Commissioner Dave Coder, a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. 
“It is absolutely wonderful that there are so many different Veterans Day services, programs and parades being offered in our county, and we could not be prouder of our soldiers and service men and women who have served our country,” said Commissioner Archie Trader.
For more information about the upcoming Veterans Day programs, or to obtain more information about the Veterans Affairs Office and the services the office provides to area veterans and their families, call the office at 724-852-5275.