If you’re looking for a way to educate your children on the importance of Memorial Day and do your part to remember fallen soldiers, we have a list of local events happening throughout the weekend.
Hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!
YORK’S HISTORIC PROSPECT HILL CEMETERY AND CREMATION GARDENS will partner with the Fourth Day Divine Floral Design LLC, to display a unique Memorial Day Floral Tribute of a fresh flower arrangement 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, National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Independence Mall, Philadelphia, 215-409-6895, May 25 to 27. The National Constitution Center will honor U.S. service men and women who have given their lives in defense of the Constitution and its legacy from freedom. Memorial Day programs include:
Memorials: How a Nation Remembers Show
10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. This 20-minute interactive program illuminates the history of our nation’s famous memorials, including Little Bighorn, the U.S.S. Arizona, and the Lincoln Memorial.
Liberty Tree Show
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Memorial Day Weekend marks the “birthday” of the National Constitution Center’s very own living memorial, the Liberty Tree. Visitors can learn about the history of Liberty Trees in America and the story of how Pennsylvania’s Liberty Tree came to live on the Center’s lawn.
Flag Etiquette Workshop
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Explore the history and meaning behind America’s national symbol and learn about the ways to handle the flag with reverence and respect.
9:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. The American flag will be raised every morning and lowered every evening on the Center’s front lawn. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate as they learn the proper protocol for this poignant ceremony.
Giant Flag Folding Activity
1:30 p.m. After learning the ins and outs of flag etiquette, visitors can put their new knowledge to the test as they help fold the National Constitution Center’s giant American flag.
Patriotic Karaoke Station
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will have an opportunity to sing their favorite songs about America.
Make and Take Craft Activities
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can create patriotic crafts including poppy pins—the symbol of Memorial Day—as well as star wreaths and crepe paper American flags.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE, 6 p.m. May 26. The parade will begin on South Main Street in East Prospect. Following the parade, there will be a program at East Prospect Cemetery to honor the fallen.
JEFFERSON COMMUNITY MEMORIAL CELEBRATION, Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 47 W. Hanover St., Codorus, 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 AND CEREMONY, Downtown Gettysburg, Lefever Street, Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, 2 p.m. May 27. 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.
HANOVER ALLIED VETERANS AND POST 22 will sponsor a Memorial Day parade at 8:30 a.m. May 27. The service will follow at the cemetery. The guest speaker will be Army Lt. Col. Larry D. Fletcher Jr., U.S. Army War College, Class of 2013.
MEMORIAL DAY RODEO, Wellsville Frontier Days Inc., 75 Carroll St., Wellsville, 11 a.m. May 27. The rodeo will include bull riding, bronco riding, barrel racing, break-away calf roping and more.
LITTLESTOWN ALLIED VETERANS COUNCIL will sponsor a Memorial Day parade and ceremony May 30. The parade will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the ceremony at the cemetery at 6:30 p.m. the guest speaker will be Air Force Lt. Col. Joseph M. Blevins, U.S. Army War College, Class of 2013.
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.
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.
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.
GLEN ROCK AMERICAN LEGION POST 403 will hold its Memorial Day 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.
NEW FREEEDOM VFW POST will sponsor a Memorial Day 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.