Bethlehem Press

Saturday, November 18, 2017
PRESS PHOTOS BY DENNIS GLEWDieruff HS’s Air Force Jr. ROTC unit marches to the Liberty gym for the Memorial Day service. PRESS PHOTOS BY DENNIS GLEWDieruff HS’s Air Force Jr. ROTC unit marches to the Liberty gym for the Memorial Day service.
The Freedom Patriot Band fired up the crowd with its performance of “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” The Freedom Patriot Band fired up the crowd with its performance of “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
“Taps over Bethlehem” features buglers who normally position themselves on the city’s streets from Niski Hill Cemetery to Memorial Cemetery. They play in sequence, reminding Bethlehem of the sacrifices of its sons and daughters. Due to rain the buglers played in the Liberty gym this year. “Taps over Bethlehem” features buglers who normally position themselves on the city’s streets from Niski Hill Cemetery to Memorial Cemetery. They play in sequence, reminding Bethlehem of the sacrifices of its sons and daughters. Due to rain the buglers played in the Liberty gym this year.
The audience stands for the Laying of the Wreath by Blue Star Mothers -- women whose sons and/or daughters are presently serving. In the audience were veterans of all the armed services and at least two veterans of World War II, both in their 90s. The audience stands for the Laying of the Wreath by Blue Star Mothers -- women whose sons and/or daughters are presently serving. In the audience were veterans of all the armed services and at least two veterans of World War II, both in their 90s.
Chris Nelson, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, and his wife Millie said they loved the music of the three bands, especially John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” which is the official national march of the United States. Sousa himself was a Marine veteran. Chris Nelson, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, and his wife Millie said they loved the music of the three bands, especially John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” which is the official national march of the United States. Sousa himself was a Marine veteran.
3356. Marine veterans Lester Perelli and Rozlyn Schroeder present the flags of the United States and the U.S. Marine Corps during the pledge of allegiance. 3356. Marine veterans Lester Perelli and Rozlyn Schroeder present the flags of the United States and the U.S. Marine Corps during the pledge of allegiance.
3374. Congressman Charlie Dent pays tribute to the service of veterans. He was joined by Mayor Robert Donchez, Pa. State Representative Steve Samuelson, and four members of the Bethlehem City Council. 3374. Congressman Charlie Dent pays tribute to the service of veterans. He was joined by Mayor Robert Donchez, Pa. State Representative Steve Samuelson, and four members of the Bethlehem City Council.
Members of American Legion Post 379 in Bethlehem offer a rifle salute at the conclusion of the service. Members of American Legion Post 379 in Bethlehem offer a rifle salute at the conclusion of the service.
Among many organizations that took part in the celebration was the Marine Corps League Bethlehem, Detachment #284 including these three leaders: Carl J. Schroeder, Roslyn G. Schroeder and Lester Perelli Jr. Among many organizations that took part in the celebration was the Marine Corps League Bethlehem, Detachment #284 including these three leaders: Carl J. Schroeder, Roslyn G. Schroeder and Lester Perelli Jr.

Bethlehem ceremony moves indoors

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by DOROTHY GLEW Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Though overcast skies drove Bethlehem’s annual Memorial Day Service indoors again this year, it was both a moving and spirited tribute to the men and women who have served the nation in the military and, in some cases, gave their lives for their country.

Ken Nichol, president of the United Veterans of Bethlehem, was master of ceremonies at the event, which was held in the Liberty HS gym. The opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance were followed by a rousing version of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Mayor Robert Donchez then addressed the attendees urging them both to appreciate and never forget those who gave so much so that their countrymen could live in freedom.

Noting that 20 veterans take their own lives every day, Congressman Charlie Dent informed the audience that Congress and the Veterans Administration are committed to providing the help that veterans need with mental issues, such as PTSD. State

Representative Steve Samuelson, who served in the Armed Forces, recalled that, during his service in the military, President John F. Kennedy, whose PT Boat was cut in half, saw several of his comrades die but managed to save others.

Between the presentations, the audience was treated to spirited versions of patriotic music by the Freedom HS Grenadier Marching Band, the American Legion Band, and the Northeast MS Band.

In addition, there were recitations of well-known pieces by three students from St. Anne’s School. They

included the “Gettysburg Address,” by Robert Garda; “The Band of Brothers,” by Grace Boburka; “Heavens Doves,” by Armondo Perez; and “Flander’s Fields,” by Katherine Rompilla. In addition, there was the Laying of the Wreath by the Blue Star Mothers.

The American Legion Band concluded the program with a Rifle Salute and Taps.