Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wellsville Set for Memorial Day Ceremonies
Wellsville's annual Memorial Day ceremony is set and ready to go. The ceremony will begin at the War Memorial at the 4th Street Square Monday, May 30 at 9 AM with the Call to Order. Following the opening ceremonies there will be a parade that will proceed to the Springhill Cemetery. Once assembled at the Newlin Memorial Chapel the ceremonies will conclude.
Keynote speaker for this year's Memorial Day observance will be Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam. First Christian Church Pastor Mark Blakeley will handle the ministerial duties. Brief remarks will be offered by WWII Veteran Robert “Brass” Beresford, Memorial Council President Don Brown, Councilwoman Susan Haugh and Councilman Joe Soldano. Wellsville Mayor Joe Surace will offer the welcome and Memorial Council Member Debbie Koffel will be the Master of Ceremonies. Music will be provided by the WHS Band. High School students Irene Kiser, Jake Reed and Nick DaLonzo will read the Gettysburg Address, Flanders Field and the Hollowed Ground Reading. The 21 Gun Salute will be done by members of the Wellsville Police Dept. and buglars Keila Lombardozzi & Miles McGinnis will play taps. Marshals are American Legion Post 70 and VFW Post 5647.
Breakfast will be served to all ceremony participants at the Wellsville VFW Post 5647 from 7 to 8:45 AM. The post is located at 359 Main Street. They will also be serving lunch at the Post following the closing ceremonies. All ceremonies will be held at the Wellsville High School in case of rain but the weatherman promises a beautiful day. The annual Memorial Day Ceremonies are organized by Wellsville's Memorial Council and are second to none.
From the files of the River Museum pictured above is what is believed to be what the 4th Street Memorial first looked like c1900 – 1903. It was originally built as a Civil War Memorial. There have been many changes over the years to the memorial and the ceremonies. One thing that has never changed over the years is the fact that Wellsville honors all veterans that have ever served. The public is encouraged to attend.
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