Memorial Day to be observed May 26 with parade, ceremony in Greencastle

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Memorial Day services will be held in Greencastle, beginning with a parade at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 26.

The route begins on East Baltimore Street, with entries lining up on South Allison Street. It will proceed through Center Square west to Cedar Hill Cemetery. Bands from Greencastle-Antrim High School and Middle School will be marching. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, VFW Post 6319 and American Legion Post 373 and their auxiliaries will carry the colors. A wagon will be available to transport disabled veterans. Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 and Marion Fire Department will also be in the parade.

A program honoring America’s war dead on this federal holiday will follow at the cemetery rostrum. Paul Schemel, who spent a year in Iraq in a State Department appointment, is the featured speaker. In 2008-09 he was assigned to a detachment of the Marines and went on over 100 missions into an active hostile zone. His role was to assist the U.S. military to stabilize the Iraqi government and tribal systems prior to the Amercian troop withdrawals.

A lunch at the VFW will conclude the annual observance.