South Pittsburgh veterans groups honor comrades on Memorial Day
Service groups in the South Pittsburgh area will hold special Memorial Day services this weekend to commemorate their comrades and remember those who sacrificed for their country.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5111 on Mount Washington will hold Memorial Day services on Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m. at the Duquesne Incline Monument. Post commander Harry Birkner and Honor Guard Richard Baum will officiate. Alan Young will read the names of the 31 who lost their lives in the war.
Brief services will be held at 1 p.m. on Boggs Avenue; 1:15 p.m. at St. Mary's; 1:45 p.m. at Whittier School. Students from Bishop Leonard-St. Mary's and Whittier schools will receive awards for their participation in the post's Science and Essay contest.
Services will conclude with Jim Noland singing God Bless America.
Representatives from the South Side Hill Top Memorial Day Parade Committee, in lieu of a parade, will lay wreaths and fire rifle salutes at various monuments and churches throughout South Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
The schedule follows with all events taking place on Monday, May 25. All times are approximate.
8 a.m ., South Side Riverfront Park, wreath placed by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and John McGough, chairman and marshal of the South Side Hilltop Memorial Day Committee;
8:15 a.m ., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6675, wreath placed by John Horback, Post 694, American Legion, and Michael Romaniello, Post 1438, Catholic War Veterans;
8:30 a.m ., Fire Station 24 with Mayor Ravenstahl and Councilman Kraus.
8:45 a.m ., South Side Library monument, wreath placed by Councilman Bruce Kraus;
9:00 a.m ., Polish Veterans Club, wreath placed by Mr. McGough;
9:15 a.m ., Vietnam Monument, placing the wreath will be Glenn Connors, Vietnam Veterans of America;
9:30 a.m ., 10th Street Monument, wreath placed by Mr. McGough;
9:45 a.m.,12th Street Monument, wreath placed by Mr. Horback;
10:00 a.m ., Zone 3 Police Station with Mayor Ravenstahl and Councilman Kraus.
10:15 a.m ., Mount Oliver Firehouse, wreath placed by Mount Oliver Mayor Jeffrey Repasky;
10:30 a.m ., McDonald's Monument, the wreath will be placed by Woody Middleton, director, VA Regional Office, and Anna Marie Scharding, retired district magisterial judge;
11 a.m. South Side Cemetery monument, Mr. Horback along with the Boy Scouts, will place the wreath;
11:30 a.m ., Cemetery Bandstand, Memorial Day Parade Committee.
Firing Squad for each ceremony will be provided by the South Side Hilltop Color Guard except at the Vietnam Memorial where the Vietnam Veterans will provide the Firing Squad.
A brief service will be held at Saint Adalbert's cemetery immediately following the South Side Cemetery service and then a brief service will be held at Saint Clair Post 694 American Legion in front of the monument located at 1751 Arlington Avenue.
Prior to the Memorial Day services, volunteers will place wreaths at Saint Michael's Cemetery, Saint Joseph's Cemetery, Saint George's Cemetery, Saint Peter's Cemetery, Saint George's Church and the Honor Roll on Warrington Avenue.
South Side Hilltop Memorial Day Parade staff includes:
Woody Middleton, director, VA Regional Office, Honorary Chairman;
John McGough, Post 694, American Legion, Chairman and Marshal;
Ronald Tuttle, Post 725, American Legion, Chief of Staff;
James Boyle, Post 694, American Legion, Secretary;
Edward M. Skeehan, Post 1522, Catholic War Veterans, Public Relations;
Erm Buccina, Post 694, American Legion, Chaplain;
Carl Cantella, Post 725, American Legion, Finance Officer;
John Horback, Post 694, American Legion;
Charles Hall, Chapter 76, Disabled American Veterans;
Adam and Andrew Warble, Staff Buglers;
Reverend James Torquato, Pastor, Saint Basil Catholic Church.