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Upper Perkiomen Valley Memorial Day Parade
2019-05-22

            The American Legion Perkiomen Post 184 of East Greenville and the Joint Veterans Council of the Upper Perkiomen Valley is proud to present a Memorial Day Service and Parade, May 27, 2019.

            The service will begin at 9 a.m. at the Red Hill Veterans Memorial in Red Hill. The parade will commence at 10 a.m. in Pennsburg and will proceed up Fifth St. to Main then north on Main to Third St. in East Greenville.  The parade will then travel west on Third St. to the New Goshenhoppen Church in East Greenville.

            The parade procession will begin to organize into position at 9:30 am. It will start at the Pennsburg Fire Company parking lot and end at the New Goshenhoppen Cemetery for services and honors.

            There will be many participants marching in the parade. These include: Members of American Legion Post 184, Ladies Auxiliaries of Tri-Borough detachment 568 of the Marine Corps League, Post 184 Legion Riders Detachment, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5954, local Girl and Boy Scouts, various Veterans and Civil organizations, and the "Rider-Less Horse" to symbolize fallen comrades. In addition, a horse drawn wagon will be available for Veterans unable to march. The event is open to any veteran or first responder. You do not have to be a member to participate.

            Music will be performed by the Upper Perkiomen High School and Red Hill bands. There will be many distinguished guests and speakers. Mayors and Supervisors of local boroughs and towns will be participating as well as the family members of Pvt. Leroy M. Heiserman, USMC who served during WWII and was stationed in the Western Pacific. Sergeant Clyde Hoch, a Vietnam Veteran of the USMC will be speaking at the event.

            Three volleys will be fired over the grave of Marine Private Leroy M. Heiserman, who was killed in action during WWII while serving on Peleliu Island in the South Pacific.  The young Marine, whose brother Stanley was serving with the armed forces in France at the time, and whose father Raymond was a veteran of WWI, had entered the Pacific Theater of Operations less than five months before his death.  

            The grave is the location of the firing party, but salutes and honors all veterans of any political campaign, domestic or foreign.

            Following the ceremony, participants are invites for refreshments at the VFW Post 5954, located in Red Hill.

            This is a family and community event to honor all veterans. All are welcome to salute those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

            Please join the American Legion Perkiomen Post 184 and the Joint Veterans Council of Upper Perk for this special occasion.   


 

 

 

 

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