Sunday, May 8, 2016

Volunteers and Vets Sought for Memorial Day Events

Mercury Photo by John Strickler 

Joint Veterans Council of Pottstown will be holding our annual Memorial Day events again this year.

On Saturday, May 21, voluntyeers with the Joint Veterans Council will be cleaning and sprucing up the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and gazebo in Memorial Park for Memorial Day services.

Mercury Photo by John Strickler
Cub Scouts place flags on veteran graves in Highland Memorial.
Anyone that would like to help should meet at 8am, at the gazebo that day. Please bring a pair of gloves.

Also on Saturday, May 21, JVC will be replacing the flags on veteran’s graves at Highland Memorial Park.

Groups and individuals are welcome to help. Please meet at the cemetery at 8 a.m. Flags are provided.

Sunday, May 22, JVC will replace all the flags on veteran’s grave at St Aloysius New Cemetery on Buchert Rd.
Cemetery. There are approximately 2000 veterans buried there.

There are over 1000 veterans buried there. Starting time is 8 a.m. Flags will be provided.

The Ellis Woods Cemetery service in East Coventry will be held on Sunday May 29, at Ellis Woods beginning at 2 p.m. This service is to honor the 19 Revolutionary soldiers buried in the area.

Mercury Photo by John Strickler
The Memorial Day ceremony will be held in Memorial Park
Monday, May 30, after the parade.
Their grave sites are not exactly known.

The Pottstown Memorial Day parade will be held Monday May 30, beginning at High and Baily Streets. JVC (Joint Veterans Council) would like to invite every veteran and businesses, car, motorcycle, antique vehicle clubs to participate. Also boys and girls scout troops. Churches, dance groups, alumni bands and service clubs are invited.

To be part of the parade, call the VFW, Post 780 at 610-326-4711. They can put you in touch with the parade coordinator.

Immediately following the parade, there will be a Memorial Service in Pottstown’s Memorial Park.

Guest speaker this year will be Brig. Gen. Carol Eggert, US Army Retired.

The Rev. James Spears is Pottstown’s Veteran of the Year. Pottsgrove Middle School Band will provide the music. We will also read the names of the 146 area veterans that died from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 2015.

If the parade is rained out, the service will be held inside Goodwill Fire Co. building starting at 10 a.m.

For any further information, please email to or call 484-944-4881.

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