Memorial Day events in York County and beyond

File photo; A spectator holds an American Flag as service men and women march through the Hanover square during a 2012 Memorial Day parade.

File photo; A spectator holds an American Flag as service men and women march through the Hanover square during a 2012 Memorial Day parade.

Wave the red, white and blue this weekend to honor those who served America. Here are some local events, parades and memorials to attend:

Memorial Day Floral Tribute: York’s historic Prospect Hill Cemetery and Cremation Gardens will partner with the Fourth Day Divine Floral Design LLC, for the fresh flower display of 400 roses and candle light the evening of May 24 through May 27 on the Fallen Heroes Memorial and Banner Display at Prospect Hill Cemetery and Cremation Gardens, 700 N. George St., York. The public is invited to participate by viewing the display.

Memorial Day Weekend: The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia, 215-409-6600, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun/Mon. During Memorial Day weekend, the National Constitution Center will pay tribute to those brave men and women by exploring how Americans honor our military heroes. The American flag will be raised each morning during a special ceremony at the Center; guests are invited to join in and learn proper flag-raising protocol. During the special program, Memorials: How a Nation Remembers, visitors will learn about monuments across the country, including Little Bighorn, the U.S.S. Arizona, and the Lincoln Memorial.

Jefferson Community Memorial Celebration: Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 47 W. Hanover St., Codorus Township, 1:15 p.m. May 26 Memorial Day parade. The parade will proceed to the community cemetery on Baltimore Street for a memorial service at 2 p.m. The featured speaker will be Controlled Material Petty Officer Michael Lentz, a former resident of Jefferson with 24 years of service in the U.S. Navy. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in Christ United Church of Christ, Baltimore Street, at 2 p.m.

Memorial Day in Wrightsville: Sponsored by Wrightsville American Legion, Abel Poff Leitheiser Post 469, will begin with breakfast 8 a.m. May 27 at the Post Home, 2nd and Hellam streets. The speaker will be Maj. Kevin Romine of the PA Army National Guard who served in Afghanistan, Kosova and Bosnia. The annual Memorial Day parade will leave the Post Home at 2 p.m. and travel west on Hellam Street to the Fairview Cemetery for the memorial service. The speaker will be Col. David J. Smoker, United States Air Force. Following the parade, refreshments will be served at the Post Home.

Memorial Day Parade: 6 p.m. Sunday. The parade will begin on South Main Street in East Prospect. After the parade, there will be a program at East Prospect Cemetery to honor the fallen.

Memorial Day Rodeo: Wellsville Frontier Days Inc., 75 Carroll St., Wellsville, 11 a.m. Monday. The rodeo will include bull riding, bronco riding, barrel racing, break-away calf roping and more.

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: Downtown Gettysburg Lefever Street, Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, www.nps.gov, 338-9114, 2 p.m. Monday. The Gettysburg Joint Veterans Memorial Day Commission will present this parade and celebration to honor the men and women who have died while serving our country.

Check out a list of Memorial Day ceremonies and services on the jump.

Memorial Day Program: Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Indiantown Gap Road, Annville, 865-5254, 2 p.m. May 26. This will be the 13th Memorial Day event to be held in the PA Veteran’s Memorial. There will be a keynote address and music by the 28th Infantry Brass Quintet.

Memorial Day worship service: Quickel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 60 Canal Road Extended, Conewago Township, 1:30 p.m. May 26, Memorial Day worship service with special patriotic music provided by the First Capital Brass Quintet. The guest speaker will be Cpl. Lee Salmon of the U.S. Army War College. The worship service begins at 2 p.m. The Mount Wolf VFW Post 2493 will hold a short graveside service following the worship service at the gravesites of Clair Grim and William Quickel.

Memorial Day praise and worship: Shrewsbury Gospel Temple, 713 W. Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury, Memorial Day praise and worship at 10 a.m. May 26. For details, call 717-235-5151.

York County Memorial Day Ceremony: Sponsored by the York County Department of Veteran Affairs and the York County Commissioners, will be 11 a.m. May 27 at Veterans Memorial Park in York (located next to York Catholic High School). Local military veterans will be recognized for their service. All military veterans, their friends, family and the public are invited. Springettsbury Township resident Richard Allan Witzke, a Vietnam War veteran, will be keynote speaker. He was a captain in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. The public is encouraged to attend.

Memorial Day service: Glen Rock American Legion Post 403 will hold its service 11 a.m. May 27 at the church cemetery of Immanuel United Methodist Church, 1 New St., Glen Rock. Daryl A. Rinehart will be speaker. Following the program, the Auxiliary will serve refreshments at the American Legion Post located on Manchester Street. In the event of rain, the service will be held in the church.

Memorial Day ceremony: New Freedom VFW Post will sponsor a ceremony 2 p.m. May 27 at New Freedom Cemetery. The ceremony is open to the public. Light refreshments will follow the ceremony at the Post. The Treehouse Florist in New Freedom is one of 2,000 florists nationwide participating in the Memorial Day Flowers Program. There will be a stand at the New Freedom Cemetery to give out roses to visitors during the Memorial Day Ceremony. Each visitor will receive two roses, one to place on the headstone to honor someone who served and one to take home in remembrance.

About Erin McCracken

I'm a FlipSide reporter covering all things entertainment in southcentral Pennsylvania. Contact me at emccracken@ydr.com or leave a comment.
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