Bethlehem Press

Monday, June 25, 2018
Dieruff High School’s armed exhibition team consists of nine cadets who march and perform military routines with their rifles. In this routine, they toss their rifles back and forth to each other. The team has won numerous awards in state and national competitions. Dieruff High School’s armed exhibition team consists of nine cadets who march and perform military routines with their rifles. In this routine, they toss their rifles back and forth to each other. The team has won numerous awards in state and national competitions.
Remembering those who served the country in war is going to be an important part of the military history series at PennMArt. This 1919 cover, with the headline, “Lest We Forget,” remembers those who fought in World War I. Remembering those who served the country in war is going to be an important part of the military history series at PennMArt. This 1919 cover, with the headline, “Lest We Forget,” remembers those who fought in World War I.
PRESS PHOTOS BY CAROLE GORNEYThe award-winning Dieruff High School drill teams consist of armed and unarmed JROTC cadets. Here all 22 line up awaiting their turn to present an exhibition drill. They will be competing at the Junior ROTC Drill Invitational during PennMArt. PRESS PHOTOS BY CAROLE GORNEYThe award-winning Dieruff High School drill teams consist of armed and unarmed JROTC cadets. Here all 22 line up awaiting their turn to present an exhibition drill. They will be competing at the Junior ROTC Drill Invitational during PennMArt.
This is the photo album of Nathan Kline, a WWII Normandy bombardier who will be part of the Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration. He took photos during his bombing runs that he will have on exhibit. during PennMArt. This is the photo album of Nathan Kline, a WWII Normandy bombardier who will be part of the Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration. He took photos during his bombing runs that he will have on exhibit. during PennMArt.
Director of Lehigh Valley Veterans Affairs Viola Hertzog is joining with the PA. Music Preservation Society in planning veterans and military programming for PennMArt. Hertzog’s grandfather served in the “Great War.” He was one of those honored at the “Lest We Forget” event in Emmaus on Aug. 1, 1919. Director of Lehigh Valley Veterans Affairs Viola Hertzog is joining with the PA. Music Preservation Society in planning veterans and military programming for PennMArt. Hertzog’s grandfather served in the “Great War.” He was one of those honored at the “Lest We Forget” event in Emmaus on Aug. 1, 1919.
French Legion of Honor recipient, Nathan Kline, ran bombing raids over Normandy during WWII. Major Timothy Page shows Kline one of the many trophies awarded to his ROTC units at Dieruff High School. Page is instrumental in setting up the first JROTC Drill Invitational. French Legion of Honor recipient, Nathan Kline, ran bombing raids over Normandy during WWII. Major Timothy Page shows Kline one of the many trophies awarded to his ROTC units at Dieruff High School. Page is instrumental in setting up the first JROTC Drill Invitational.

Putting ‘Memorial’ back in Memorial Day

Monday, April 30, 2018 by Carole Gorney Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

An integral part of the 2018 Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration (PennMArt) on Memorial Day Weekend will be three days of extensive programming to recognize the contributions of U.S. veterans, and to showcase Pennsylvania’s deeply-rooted role in the country’s military history. Appropriately, the inaugural event falls on the 100th anniversary year of the end of WWI, and the 150th anniversary of the first official Memorial Day.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society (PAMPS), the celebration will be held on the site of the World War I Camp Crane ambulance training site at the historic Allentown Fairgrounds. PAMPS CEO Siobhan “Sam” Bennett notes that the region is home to 50,000 veterans, and the music preservation society takes extremely seriously its role in recognizing the positive contributions of veterans, and educating the public on the nation’s military history. “We want to put the Memorial back in Memorial Day.”

Veterans of yesterday will be remembered in a replica of a WWI log cabin originally built in 1917 to honor the soldiers from the 77th Division, who lost their lives during the bloody battle in the Argonne Forrest in France. Local members of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment will build the replica to provide a space where Celebration attendees can post stories or photos of loved ones who have served or are serving in the military. “So We Don’t Forget to Remember.”

Other remembrances will include reenactments from the American Revolution, the Civil War and WWI and WWII. A military history series will include slide and video presentations on the history and tradition of the Purple Heart, the West End and Union Cemetery where both Union and Confederate soldiers are buried together, and the contributions of African-American soldiers from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War’s U.S. Colored Infantry to today.

WWII Normandy bombardier and French Legion of Honor medal recipient Nathan Kline will be a featured speaker during the Memorial Day Weekend. He will tell his personal stories and show his collection of photos that he took during his bombing runs.

“In keeping with PAMPS mission to preserve and promote Pennsylvania’s distinct musical heritage,” Bennett added, “we also will be celebrating our military music traditions by featuring performances by the Allentown Band, the nation’s oldest civilian military band, and its colleague bands that make Allentown ‘Band City USA.’”

As part of benefiting veterans of today, Viola Hertzog, director of the Lehigh County Veterans Affairs Office, is working with PAMPS on some of the Celebration initiatives, including providing complimentary exhibition space for veterans’ organizations, and showcasing those that provide housing and other essential services. People attending the free public event will be encouraged to bring new toiletries and clothing to distribute to veterans and their families experiencing housing challenges.

As part of childrens’ activities, there will be materials available for youngsters to create greeting cards and other art to send to deployed servicemen and women.

The veterans of tomorrow will be showcased in the Junior ROTC Drill Invitational to be held during PennMArt. The inaugural 2018 drill team competition will feature local high school drill teams, including those from the award-winning Louis E. Dieruff HS Air Force JROTC, and William Allen HS’s Navy JROTC. Under the direction of Major Timothy Page (Dieruff) and Commander David Crandall (William Allen), the 2019 invitational will go statewide, with future plans for a national meet to be hosted annually by PAMPS at its Memorial Day Celebration.