Memorial Day observance in Monongahela

In this photo from May 2016, members of the Mon Valley Leathernecks present the colors during the Memorial Day ceremony at Monongahela Cemetery.

Several communities in the Mid-Mon Valley are making plans to hold Memorial Day services May 28 and 29.

Parades are scheduled in Monongahela and North Belle Vernon.

Guests speakers are planned at special events in Monongahela, Monessen, Donora and Charleroi.

With 2017 marking the 100th anniversary of the U.S.’s entry into World War I, Mid-Mon Valley veterans killed in action in the first World War will be remembered.

Monongahela Area/Finleyville

Memorial Day activities in Monongahela will begin with a parade in the city on May 29.

Lineup for the parade will begin 8:30 a.m. on Fourth and West Main streets. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. and will proceed down Main Street to First Street. Services will then be held at Monongahela Cemetery at 9:45 a.m.

The keynote speaker will be Sgt. First Class Michael Towell. Mayor Bob Kepics will give welcoming remarks.

The invocation will be provided by Elder Frank Sloan, and George Hutchko will lead the pledge of allegiance.

The National Anthem among other patriotic music will be performed by the Ringgold High School Band, and “Logan’s Order” will be read by J.J. Glaneman.

John Koller, adjutant of American Legion Post 613 Finleyville, will introduce the dignitaries in attendance.

Placing of the wreath will be conducted by the Mon Valley Leathernecks, and the Mon Valley Shipmates will perform the two-bell ceremony.

A tribute to gold star mothers will be read by Koller. Kim Van Voorhis will sing and Bill Lytle will provide the benediction.

Ray Evans will read the names of the World War I soldiers killed in action. A rifle salute will be presented by the Mon Valley Honor Guard.

Taps will be played by the Ringgold High School Band.

Following the ceremonies at Monongahela, the following services will be held in the area: 11 a.m. at Victory Hill; noon at the New Eagle Memorial; 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Carroll Township; 1:30 p.m. at the Van Voorhis Honor Roll; 2 p.m. at the Ginger Hill Memorial; 2:30 p.m. at the Hazelkirk Memorial; and 3 p.m. at Carroll Township Legion Post 949 post home.

On May 28, in Finleyville, American Legion 613 and the Mon Valley Honor Guard will conduct services at the following: Stone Church Cemetery, 1 p.m.; St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, 1:15 p.m., Mingo Creek Cemetery, 1:30 p.m.; Finleyville Cemetery, 1:45 p.m.; and Finleyville Community Center, 2 p.m.


Services will be held noon May 28 at City Park. In case of inclement weather, the events will be moved to Epiphany of Our Lord Church chapel, Pennsylvania Boulevard.

Welcoming remarks will be given by Mayor Lou Mavrakis.

On the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I, Jim Pallini, commander of VFW Post 1190 in Monessen, will recognize Monessen men killed in World War I, during his remarks.

The names of those “who gave the supreme sacrifice” will be read by Monessen High School students.

The guest speaker will be state Rep. Justin Walsh.

The laying of a wreath will be followed by a three-gun salute.

The Mid-Mon Valley Shipmates will conduct the two-bell ceremony.


The Donora Veterans Council will begin May 28 at noon at the Donora War Memorial, located at the end of the Donora-Monessen Bridge.

The Mon Valley Leathernecks will present the colors. Then Mayor Don Pavelko will give the welcoming address.

That will be followed by a salute to the deceased.

Following that, services will be held at 12:30 p.m. at St. Dominic Cemetery and at 12:40 p.m. at St. Michael Cemetery.

The main program will occur 1 p.m. at Mon Valley Memorial Park.

The keynote speaker will be state Rep. Bud Cook.

The Mon Valley Leathernecks will present the colors. Roll call of those veterans who passed away over the past year will be read.

Services will then be held 2 p.m at the Grandview War Memorial.


Memorial Day services will be conducted May 29 by American Legion Post 22 in Charleroi at 9 a.m., in Speers, 9:30 a.m., at Fallowfield Township, and 10 a.m. in North Charleroi.

At 11 a.m., services will be held at the war memorial in Magic City Square, where the Charleroi Area High School Band will perform.

Then services will be held at noon in Dunlevy.

Belle Vernon

On May 29, a parade will begin at 9 a.m. and proceed to the Belle Vernon Cemetery, where services will be held with American Legion Post 659, VFW Post 699 and Belle Vernon Cemetery Association.

The Belle Vernon Cemetery Association will have a veterans display set up in the cemetery. The legion will provide a light brunch after the service.

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