Community to mark Memorial Day with parade, ceremony

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Memorial Day in Greencastle will be observed Monday, May 31, with a parade preceding the ceremony at Cedar Hill Cemetery. The national holiday is dedicated to remembering those who died in service to the United States.

Harry D. Zeigler VFW Post 6319 is sponsoring the event. Featured guests at the program will be veterans, who will be given an opportunity to address the crowd about their experiences. The national anthem will be sung by Dusti Perkins, 9, Hancock, Md., granddaughter of a VFW Auxiliary member.

Parade participants will line up at 10 a.m. at the corner of East Baltimore Street and South Allison Street. They will begin marching at 10:30 a.m., through Center Square west to the cemetery.

Greencastle police will take the lead and members of the VFW and American Legion Post 373 will present the colors. Other groups are the American Legion Riders, Rescue Hose Company, Greencastle-Antrim high school and middle school bands, Boy Scout Troop 99 and Cub Scout Pack 13.

Parade flag etiquette: A color guard leads off a parade with the American flag and other symbolic flags. If there are several participants with the flag, it is appropriate to salute only the first one as it passes by. At that moment, everyone should show respect by standing at attention with their right hand over their hearts. Any man with a head cover should remove it and hold it to the left shoulder, hand over the heart.Those in uniform give their appropriate formal salute.

National anthem etiquette: When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.