South Pittsburgh area veterans' organizations mark Memorial Day with services
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5111 will conduct Mount Washington Memorial Day Services at four sites on Sunday, May 25.
The sites are: Boggs Avenue at 1 p.m .; Saint Marys at 1:15 p.m .; Whittier School at 1:30 p.m .; Duquesne Incline at 1:45 p.m.
Those honored will be members of the Armed Services, as well as students from Prospect, Whittier and Saint Marys schools for their participation in the post's Americanism Program. Post Commander Norman Schwartzer will conduct the ceremony.
The annual South Hills Memorial Day Parade, the largest in the Pittsburgh area, will take place Monday, May 26. In its 69th year, the parade starts at 10 a.m. on Brookline Boulevard, continues through Dormont and into Mount Lebanon, culminating in a Memorial Service at Mount Lebanon Cemetery around noon.
This year a new Memorial stone will be dedicated, which reads, “Dedicated to the Memory of the Deceased Veterans of Our Country.”
Flags will be placed on 3,000 military graves in the cemetery Friday, May 23 at 6 p.m. by members of American Legion Posts 540, 156, 756, Dormont VFW Post 694, Air Force Association, Dormont Volunteer Fire Department, Dormont and Mt. Lebanon Chambers of Commerce, Boy Scouts Troop 23 and Cub Scouts Troop 870. Old, torn flags are removed by the scouts and discarded in the appropriate manner.
South Side Hill Top
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. Schedule for the event is as follows, with all events taking place Monday, May 26.
8 a.m., South Side Riverfront Park, wreath placed by Chairman John Horback, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 456; 8:20 a.m., South Side Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6675, wreath placed by James D. Boyle, Americal Legion Post 694; 8:35 a.m., South Side Library monument, wreath placed by James D. Boyle, AL Post 694; 8:50 a.m., Zone 3 Police Station, with Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy laying the wreath.
9:10, Polish Veterans Club, wreath placed by James D. Boyle, AL Post 694; 9:30, Vietnam Monument, placing the wreath will be Glenn Conners, Vietnam Veterans of America; 9:50, 10th Street monument, wreath placed by James D. Boyle, AL Post 694; 10 a.m., 12th Street monument, wreath placed by John Horback, VFW Post 456; 10:30 a.m., Mount Oliver Fire Station, Michael Moreland, VA Director, will place the wreath; 10:45 a.m., McDonald's monument, Michael Moreland, VA Director ,; 11 a.m., South Side Cemetery monument, John Horback along with the Boy Scouts will place the wreath; and 11:30 a.m., Cemetery Bandstand, Memorial Day Parade Committee.
A brief service will be held at St. Adalbert's cemetery immediately following the South Side Cemetery service and then a brief service will be held at St. Clair Post 694 American Legion in front of the monument located at 1751 Arlington Avenue.
South Side Hilltop Memorial Day Parade staff include: Michael Moreland, V.A. Director, Health Care Systems Pittsburgh, honorary chairman; Ronald Tuttle, A.L. Post 725, chief of staff; William B. Kleina, A.L. Post 875; Carl Cantella, A.L. Post 694; James Boyle, A.L. Post 694; George Phillips, CWV Post 1522; Milton Linnert, VFW Post 6675; Edward M. Skeehan, CWV Post 1522; Michael A. Romaniello, CWV Post 1438; Charles A. Hall, Chapter 76 Disabled American Veterans; John Horbach, VFW Post 456Adam and Andrew Warble, staff buglers; Jerry and Linda Warble, Boy and Girl Scouts of America and Rev. Paul L. Lubock.