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Memorial Day parade ready to go on Monday

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 5/23/18

American Legion Post 594 is busy planning this year’s Memorial Day parade to be held Monday.

According to post adjutant Skip Carnes, the parade starts at 9 a.m. will go down the same route …

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Memorial Day parade ready to go on Monday

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American Legion Post 594 is busy planning this year’s Memorial Day parade to be held Monday.

According to post adjutant Skip Carnes, the parade starts at 9 a.m. will go down the same route as usual. It starts at Emaus and Wood streets and travels down to Ann Street and then up Union Street. It concludes at the Middletown Cemetery.

Carnes has been involved in planning the parade, which rotates between the Legion and the Middletown VFW Post 1620, for about 25 years.

He said the day and parade is to remember the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country and to remember the current soldiers fighting overseas.

The keynote speaker will be Travis Goebel, 19th District commander of the Pennsylvania American Legion and a National Guard veteran. Carnes said he knew Goebel from being involved with the Legion.

“He’s a super young man,” Carnes said.

The grand marshal will be Richard C. Huber, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea.

The parade’s master of ceremonies will be Dominic DiFrancesco, a former national and state American Legion commander.

Several groups will be involved in the parade, including the Boy Scouts, the Middletown VFW, the Middletown American Legion, the Middletown Area High School band, the Sons of Union Veterans and the International Order of Odd Fellows.

The invocation will be given by Seven Sorrows’ Father Ted Keating, and Middletown Area Middle School student Grant Garner will perform the annual recitation of the Gettysburg Address.