South Side Hilltop's Memorial Day "Parade" coming up on Monday
The South Side Hilltop Memorial Day Parade Committee will hold Memorial Day services this weekend to commemorate their comrades and remember those who sacrificed for their country.
Representatives from the Parade Committee, in lieu of a parade as they have done in the past, 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 County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Robert Messuner, Retired Colonel U.S. Air Force along with the South Side Hilltop Color Guard (SSHCG)
• 8:20 a.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6675
Wreath placed by a member of V.F.W. Post 6675 and SSSHCG
• 8:35 a.m., South Side Library monument
Wreath placed by City Councilman Bruce Kraus and SSSHCG
• 8:50 a.m., Fire Station 24
Wreath placed by District Judge Eugene Ricciardi, Mr. Messuner and SSSHCG
• 9:00 a.m., Polish War Monument
Wreath placed by Judge Ricciardi, Mr. Meussner and SSSHCG
• 9:10 a.m., Vietnam Monument
Wreath placed by Glenn Connors and Vietnam Veterans
• 9:30 a.m., 10th Street Monument
Wreath placed by Mr. Meussner and SSSHCG
• 9:40 a.m., 12th Street Monument
Wreath placed by Reggie Werkstein, Anne Scharding and SSSHCG
• 10:00 a.m., Zone 3 Police Station
Wreath placed by Robert Szoszinski and SSSHCG
• 10:30 a.m., Mount Oliver Firehouse
Wreath placed by Ann Scharding, Mount Oliver Manor and SSSHCG
• 10:45 a.m., McDonald's Monument
Wreath placed by District Judge Ricciardi, Ms. Scharding and SSSHCG
• 11 a.m. South Side Cemetery Monument
Wreath placed by Bernie Majeski, Boy Scouts and SSSHCG
• 11:30 a.m., Cemetery Bandstand
Wreath placed by Parade Committee and SSSHCG
A brief service will be held at Saint Adalbert's cemetery immediately following the South Side Cemetery service. A final service will be held at Saint Clair Post 694 American Legion in front of the monument 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, the Honor Roll on Warrington Avenue, Polish Veterans Honor Roll and Overbrook Monument.
Church service will be held at: St. Basil Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, May 24 at 10:30 p.m. Mass; Concord Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 31 at 11 a.m. Services; and St. Peter Roman Catholic Church on Nov. 9 at a time to be determined.
The 2015 South Side Hilltop Memorial Day Committee includes: Michele R. Papakie, honorary chairman; Chief of Staff Ronald Tuttle, Post 725, American Legion; Frank Ford, Post 694, American Legion; Carl Cantella, Post 725, American Legion; Robert Meussner, Post 725, American Legion; Edward M. Skeehan, Post 1522, Catholic War Veterans; Reggie Wrzesinski, Post 694, American Legion; Erm Buccina, Post 694, American Legion; Denny Schlegel, Post 6675, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Robert Szoszorek, Post 6675, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Jim Wrzesinski, Chapter 76 Disabled American Veterans; and, Curtis Schmitt, Post 725, American Legion. Staff buglers and bag-papers are Adam, Alexandra, Andrew and April Warble.