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PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBBuglers who participated in “Taps over Bethlehem” perform several selections en masse at Memorial Park Cemetery, including the Navy Hymn, “Eternal Father Strong to Save.” PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBBuglers who participated in “Taps over Bethlehem” perform several selections en masse at Memorial Park Cemetery, including the Navy Hymn, “Eternal Father Strong to Save.”
Bethlehem Police officers are at attention with a salute as the Memorial Day Parade Color Guard approaches. Bethlehem Police officers are at attention with a salute as the Memorial Day Parade Color Guard approaches.
Veterans present the colors, followed by two of Bethlehem’s Mounted Police. Veterans present the colors, followed by two of Bethlehem’s Mounted Police.
Sue and Rick Madzarac pass by in his World War II-era military Jeep. Sue and Rick Madzarac pass by in his World War II-era military Jeep.
The Louis E. Dieruff Air Force Junior ROTC marches with precision during the parade. The Louis E. Dieruff Air Force Junior ROTC marches with precision during the parade.
The Liberty HS Grenadier Band was featured during this year’s Memorial Day Parade. The Liberty HS Grenadier Band was featured during this year’s Memorial Day Parade.
Ninety-four-year-old Henry ‘Hank’ Kudzik attends the Memorial Day service. A chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Kudzik said he served as a submariner on the U.S.S. Gar and Nautilus seeing action at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. Ninety-four-year-old Henry ‘Hank’ Kudzik attends the Memorial Day service. A chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Kudzik said he served as a submariner on the U.S.S. Gar and Nautilus seeing action at the Battle of Midway in June 1942.
Bethlehem resident Lenny Blanar salutes during the playing of the National Anthem. Blanar was a seaman third class petty officer in the U.S. Navy, with duties as a radioman. Bethlehem resident Lenny Blanar salutes during the playing of the National Anthem. Blanar was a seaman third class petty officer in the U.S. Navy, with duties as a radioman.
Veterans with the American Legion Post 379 rifle squad fire a salute near the conclusion of the Memorial Day service. Veterans with the American Legion Post 379 rifle squad fire a salute near the conclusion of the Memorial Day service.
Retired U.S. Marine Capt. Ralph Brodt III plays “Taps” to end the service. Retired U.S. Marine Capt. Ralph Brodt III plays “Taps” to end the service.

MEMORIAL DAY 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019 by DANA GRUBB Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Remembering

Hundreds of area residents turned out along the parade route and in Memorial Park Cemetery as those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation were honored on Memorial Day.

The annual parade and service was sponsored by United Veterans of Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council and the City of Bethlehem. United Veterans president Ken Nichols conducted the service.

In remarks delivered on behalf of Mayor Bob Donchez, city business administrator Eric Evans said, “Even in peace our soldiers stand ready to die for our country.”

Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure spoke about the grandfather he never knew, who was a casualty during the invasion of Okinawa near the end of World War II.

Lehigh Valley Academy students Shannon Gordon, Avery Bolden and Alexis Epinger read the “Gettysburg Address,” “Flanders Fields” and “Band of Brothers.”

State Representative Steve Samuelson recalled his reading of the “Gettysburg Address” 42 years ago in his remarks.

The American Legion Band and Liberty HS School Grenadier Band provided music and Rabbi Michael Singer, a U.S. Navy chaplain, gave both the opening and closing prayers.

American Legion Post 379 provided a rifle salute and Ralph Brodt III performed “Taps” at the close of the service. The Blue Star and Gold star Mothers presented a memorial wreath.