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PRESS PHOTOS BY BERNIE O’HARETim “Sarge” Parsons, president of the LV Chapter of Nam Knights, leads the commemoration at the Armed Forces Memorial at the main entrance to Bethlehem Steel on East Third Street. PRESS PHOTOS BY BERNIE O’HARETim “Sarge” Parsons, president of the LV Chapter of Nam Knights, leads the commemoration at the Armed Forces Memorial at the main entrance to Bethlehem Steel on East Third Street.
Members of the Nam Knights honor veterans with carnations and handwritten notes from students at Broughal MS. Members of the Nam Knights honor veterans with carnations and handwritten notes from students at Broughal MS.
Broughal MS’s marching band and choir provided entertainment. Broughal MS’s marching band and choir provided entertainment.

Steelworkers honor veterans

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The United Steelworkers Union and Lehigh Valley Chapter of Nam Knights teamed up on Veterans’ Day at the Third Street Armed Forces Memorial to pay tribute to those who served. In a ceremony attended by about 70 people, every veteran who was present was asked to come forward and identify himself. Each was provided with a carnation and a handwritten “Thank you” note written by a Broughal MS student. That school’s marching band and choir also provided musical entertainment.

The Nam Knights were born in the summer of 1989 when a small group of Harley-riding combat vets of the Viet Nam War, who were also police officers, banded together. They perform acts of charity that most recently included the installation of a ramp at the home of WWII vet William Putar.

There are 939,000 veterans in Pennsylvania, and nearly 700,000 of them served while we were at war. About 57,000 are WWII vets.