Memorial Day weekend events range from parades to dedications
Memorial Day weekend events range from parades to dedication of monuments and memorials, and will be held at many sites in the region. Here is a sampling of notable events. Some towns anticipate a crowd and suggest bringing a chair. Check your municipal websites for more information.
Brentwood: Parade, 9:30 a.m. Monday on Brownsville Road, from St. Sylvester Church to the public library. Sponsored by Brentwood VFW Post 1810.
Brookline/Dormont/Mt. Lebanon: Parade, 10 a.m. Monday, beginning at the cannon on Brookline Boulevard and continuing through Brookline, Dormont and ending with ceremonies at the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery on Washington Road.
Coraopolis: Parade, 1:30 p.m. Monday, along Fifth Avenue.
Collier: A Memorial Day tribute is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Monday at the Monument Plaza at the Collier Municipal Building, 2418 Hilltop Road; the program will include a flag presentation by the Oakdale Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7070 and American Legion Post 171; prayers; musical tributes; and recognition of veterans.
Cranberry: 1 p.m. Sunday, Veterans Memorial, North Boundary Park. Sponsored by VFW Post No. 879. Speaker: Retired Army Capt. Stephen Mihalacki. Color guard, rifle salute, presentation of wreaths, accompanied by Seneca Valley High School student musicians, and release of white doves.
Forest Hills : 11 a.m. Monday, Veteran’s Monument, next to borough building, 2071 Ardmore Blvd. Ceremony presented by Forest Hills Lions Club. Refreshments following. 412-829-7888.
Hampton: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, observance and dedication of Korean and Vietnam veterans plaques at the Veterans Memorial, Hampton Township Community Center, 3102 McCully Road.
Irwin: Parade, 9 a.m. Monday. Participants meet near Immaculate Conception Church, Second and Oak streets. Program following at Irwin Union Cemetery, 431 Bridge St. Performance by Irwin Male Chorus; speaker, decorated Navy pilot Dick Earnest, who flew 320 combat missions during the Vietnam War and is a Norwin High School graduate. Presented by Irwin/North Huntingdon VFW Post 781 and American Legion. 724-515-7550.
Jefferson Hills: 10 a.m. service Monday at Floreffe Volunteer Fire Company, 1540 State St. Parade follows to Lobbs Cemetery, where a color guard ceremony will feature guest speakers, the laying of a wreath and music. Refreshments will follow.
Lawrenceville : Parade to begin at 40th and Butler Street at 10 a.m. and enter the Allegheny Cemetery’s Butler Street gates around 11 a.m. The cemetery at 4734 Butler Street will host a memorial service at 11:30 a.m.; festivities will continue at the fountain area near the Butler Street entrance until 2 p.m., including a campsite by the 40th Pennsylvania Reenactment Group and a demonstration by a Pittsburgh Police SWAT team.
Lincoln Place: Parade,10 a.m. Monday, begins at Plaport Street and Interboro Avenue and closes with a solemn memorial service on the lawn at Pittsburgh Mifflin PreK-8, 1290 Mifflin Road.
McKeesport : Ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the veterans’ memorial on Lysle Boulevard. The parade will start at 10.
Mt. Lebanon: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, dedication of the Veterans Memorial at Main Park off Cedar Boulevard. Includes military music, invocation and benediction and reading of fallen veterans’ names. After sunset, officials will turn on lights symbolizing soldiers scattered around the globe.
Monroeville: Parade, 9 a.m. Monday, beginning at Valley Honda and proceeding west on Route 22. Sponsored by American Legion Post 820. Ends at Stone Church Cemetery, Monroeville Boulevard, for services, including an invocation and benediction by the Rev. Joseph G. Luisi of North American Martyrs Church. St. Bernadette students Shane Toomey and Caroline Albacete will read Gen. John A. Logan’s Memorial Day Order — which, in 1868, directed soldiers to decorate the graves of comrades who died during the Civil War — and the Gettysburg Address.
North Side: Memorial service, 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Carnegie Science Center, 1 Allegheny Ave. Led by veterans of USS VI Requin Base, the ceremony takes place on the USS Requin submarine, docked on the Ohio River. Visitors can watch from the shore. Beaver County Stearman Association will perform a flyover with a vintage Stearman World War II-era biplane, weather permitting. Requin Base veterans will toll the bell once for each submarine that is on “Eternal Patrol” and will cast flower petals on the river. Marine color guard from Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment 310, Marine Corps League, will perform a gun salute. Visitors are encouraged to tour Requin afterward. Free. Science center is open on Memorial Day.
Oakland: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 4141 Fifth Ave.
• 10:30 a.m., Special ceremony for fallen Pennsylvania service members from the War on Terrorism.
• Noon, Rededication of cornerstone and time capsule; presentation of items being encapsulated.
• 1 p.m., Patrioteer challenge (contest for all ages).
• 2 p.m., Procession and ceremony with national and regional dignitaries.
• Entertainment: historic book sale; oral history recordings; DJ Bill Lemon; children’s activities; museum tours; food, beer and more.
Bring blankets and lawn chairs and picnic on the lawn.
Penn Hills: Parade, 11:30. Begins at St. Bartholomew Church, Frankstown Road, and ends at the reviewing stand at the municipal building,.
Ross: Noon Monday, Laurel Gardens World War II monument, 172 Sixth Ave. Memorial Day service, followed at 12:45 p.m. by renaming of American Legion Post 80 in honor of fallen West View Marine Sgt. Joseph D. Caskey. A 2004 graduate of North Hills High School, Caskey was killed in Afghanistan on June 26, 2010. 412-974-3355 or [email protected] or www.caskeypost80.com.
•Memorial service, 11 a.m. Sunday, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 801 Beaver St.
• Parade, 10 a.m. Monday, starts on Broad Street, ends at Chestnut and Thorn streets. Followed by programs at Wolcott Park and at Sewickley Cemetery, end of Broad Street at Sewickley Valley Hospital.
White Oak : The Memorial Day parade begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by a ceremony at the White Oak American Legion, Pennsylvania and Capitol streets.
Wilkins: Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday at Churchill Cemetery on Churchill Road. The Wilkins Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 577, in conjunction with other organizations, is conducting the event. Musical tributes, a 21-gun salute, the firing of a cannon and speakers recognizing veterans included.
After the service, all guests are invited to a free luncheon at the lodge, which is at 718 Brown Ave.
Zelienople/Harmony: Memorial Day services, Monday, American Legion Post 474.
• 9 a.m., Zelienople Cemetery, South Oliver Avenue.
• 9:30 a.m., Harmony Square, Mercer Street; then Harmony Cemetery, Route 19; then Route 19 Bridge.
• 11 a.m., Memorial Park, Main Street and Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Flyover by Condor Aero Club and 911th Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh. Seneca Valley Wind Ensemble.