Memorial Day service to be held in New Phila

Memorial Day service to be held in New Phila
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Due to the national COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Memorial Day services will be unique.

                        

The New Philadelphia Veterans Coordinating Committee will conduct its annual Memorial Day service on Monday, May 25 at 11 a.m. on the courthouse quadrant of the public square in downtown New Philadelphia.

Due to the national COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Memorial Day services will be unique. The service will honor those who have died while they served in the Unites States Armed Forces and also those who at this very moment are fighting to protect residents during this national health crisis.

There will not be a public gathering or speeches. Instead, the Veterans Honor Team Rifle Squad will fire four rifle volleys.

The first volley at 11 a.m. will be in honor of all emergency responders: police, fire and EMS personnel who are the first line of defense.

The second volley at 11:15 a.m. will be in honor of all frontline medical professionals: doctors, nurses, orderlies, technicians and pharmacists.

The third volley at 11:30 a.m. will be fired in memory of all those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The final volley at noon will be fired as a final military salute to all of America’s men and women in uniform who died in defense of the United States — those for whom we commemorate Memorial Day every year. Taps will be played by volunteers from the New Philadelphia High School Marching Quaker Band under the direction of Jeff Furbay after the third and fourth volleys to honor all those who have died.

The rifle squad is made up of volunteers from New Philadelphia’s four veterans’ service organizations: American Legion Post 139, AMVET’s Post 1338, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1445 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 857.

As has become local tradition, prior to the fourth volley, students from York Elementary School will fold the American flag while reciting the meaning of each fold.

Because of the personal safety restrictions implemented due to the coronavirus, any members of the public who wish to view this somber service must do so from the public sidewalks across the street from the Court House Plaza while maintaining social distancing or from their vehicles.


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