BUCKS COUNTY >> Communities throughout Bucks County will mark the long Memorial Day weekend by remembering the fallen with parades and special ceremonies. The following is a listing of some of the many public remembrance events taking place this weekend:
The Bensalem Township Memorial Day Parade will step off on Monday, May 27 beginning at 10 a.m. The parade starts on Bristol Pike at Woodbine and proceeds south to Mill Road. Access to some roads and businesses will be restricted between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
The Falls Township Memorial Day Parade steps off on Sunday, May 26 at 1 p.m. The parade starts at Hood Boulevard near Pennsbury High School and marches east on New Falls Road to Fallsington before ending at American Legion Post No. 834. A short memorial service will be held across the street from the Legion Post.
The Doylestown Memorial Day Parade steps off on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. from Central Bucks West High School. It will then march from West Court Street to State Street to Main Street before turning onto East Court Street and ending at the Doylestown Cemetery.
A brief ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 27 at the Jesse W. Soby American Legion Post 148 at Richardson and Station avenues. The annual Memorial Day Parade will begin following the ceremony. As part of this year's event, the Legionnaires encourage children to decorate their bikes with patriotic colors. They will be judged in the parking lot of the post at the conclusion of the parade with prizes for the best two entries.
The Morrisville Borough Memorial Day Parade steps off at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 27 at the Morrisville Presbyterian Church on North Pennsylvania Avenue. The parade will wind its way through town concluding at the Morrisville Cemetery on South Pennsylvania Avenue. The march will honor living and deceased veterans and active military and will feature reenactors, community groups, marching bands, fire companies and a new section this year spotlighting Bucks County farms.
The public is invited to attend a Memorial Day ceremony at Council Rock High School North, 62 Swamp Road, Newtown, on Friday, May 24. The ceremony will include a salute to fallen Council Rock students killed in action in American wars as well as veterans - deceased and alive - who have served the nation. This year’s guest speaker is Colonel (Retired) Larry L. Rubini. The ceremony starts at 9 a.m. Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. American Legion Post Commander Mike Errico encourages serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces to attend and to wear their uniforms.
Memorial Day observances in Newtown begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27 when the Morell Smith Color Guard and Rifle Squad salute the fallen buried in the St. Andrews Cemetery at 81 Sycamore Street. At 9 a.m. the Color Guard and Rifle Squad will assemble at the start of the parade at the Commons West building on the Newtown-Yardley Road. Stepping off from the Commons West, the parade will march west on the Newtown-Yardley Road to the Newtown Cemetery where veterans will pause at the grave of Morell Smith to place a wreath and to fire salutes. The parade will continue westbound on Washington Avenue making a left onto Lincoln and a right onto Centre Avenue before pausing at the World War I monument in front of the Newtown Library Company to place a wreath and salute the fallen. The parade will then head north on Congress Street, turn west onto Jefferson and then turn south onto State Street. The parade will then pause at the Newtown Borough Hall where wreaths will be placed, the Council Rock High School North Band will play, singers from Council Rock will perform and the gathering will hear from guest speaker Dan Fraley, Bucks County’s director of Veterans Affairs. Also recognized will be this year’s parade grand marshal, Norm Moorhead. Following the ceremony the parade will continue south on State Street, west on Centre Avenue/Richboro Road and then north on Linden Avenue where the parade will conclude at the American Legion Post with a memorial service and recognition of the Council Rock High School North Marching Band.
The annual Penndel-Hulmeville Memorial Day Parade steps off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 on Lincoln Avenue in Hulmeville and marches to Ford, Ford to Main, Main to Bellevue, stopping at the memorial for prayer before proceeding up Bellevue to Hulmeville Avenue, stopping at the memorial for a prayer and the continuing to Woodland Avenue and Hulmeville Avenue before concluding at the Penndel Memorial Ball Field.
Two Memorial Day ceremonies will take place in the Richboro section of Northampton Township on Monday, May 27. At 8 a.m., a flag lowering and raising ceremony takes place at the seven flag poles in front of the Northampton Township building, 55 Township Road, Richboro. Along with the pole hoisting the U.S. flag there are six other flag poles each hoisting a flag of the branch of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines). The ceremony will only last five minutes and will be conducted by the Marine Corps League’s Patriot Detachment. At 9 a.m., a 45 to 50 minute special ceremony takes place at the Robert H. Dembowski Jr. Veterans Memorial Park located at Routes 232 and 332 (2nd Street Pike and Almshouse Road), Richboro. Included will be a wreath laying by the families of the two Northampton soldiers killed in action - Army PFC Bobby Dembowski Jr. who died on May 24, 2007 and Army Master Sgt. Ken Elwell, who died on July 17, 2011. As part of the program there will also be a POW/MIA/KIA Remembrance Ceremony.
Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) will hold its annual Memorial Day observance on Sunday, May 26 at 1 p.m. at the gravesite of Continental soldiers. The gravesite is located near the Thompson-Neely House, about two miles south of New Hope at the intersection of Route 32 and Aquetong Rd. (1638 River Road, New Hope). The observation will include a colonial color guard, the Old Barracks Fife & Drum Corps, Revolutionary War reenactors, the Guardians of the National Cemetery Firing Party, Daughters of the American Revolution, veterans, Boy Scouts and other honored guests. During the event, American flags will be placed on the graves. The gravesite marks the resting place of soldiers who died during the Continental army’s December 1776 encampment in Bucks County. Although no Americans were killed during the Delaware River crossing and the First Battle of Trenton, some soldiers succumbed to exposure, disease or previous injuries. James Moore, a 26-year-old artillery captain from a New York regiment, is the only veteran buried in this plot whose identity is known. The others are unknown.
A Memorial Day ceremony will be held on Monday, May 27 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Veterans Field, 400 Street Road, in Upper Southampton Township. Since 1947, American Legion Post 800 in Southampton has hosted this event. This year’s speaker will be Master Sergeant Holly E. Schlittler, US Air Force. She served in Qatar, Turkey, Kuwait and Iraq. She has several awards from her deployments including the Meritorious Unit award with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, and the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border. She is currently serving as Flight Sergeant, 111th Security Forces Squadron, Horsham. The William Tennent High School Band will perform during the ceremony. Upper Southampton service members who gave their lives during WWII and Vietnam will be remembered and honored by the placement of a wreath at the base of each memorial tree.
Warminster VFW Post No. 6493 presents the Warminster Township Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade on Monday, May 27 at the Warminster Township Building, 401 Gibson Ave. A ceremony begins at 10 a.m. followed by the parade at 11 a.m. (weather permitting). The parade steps off at the Township Building and marches east on Henry Avenue, north on York Road, east on Street Road, north on Louis Drive before concluding at the VFW Post on Louis Drive. For more information, call Ron or John at 215- 773-0693 or 215-773-0693.
Memorial Day observances begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 27 with rifle salutes at Slate Hill, St. Ignatius and St. Andrew’s cemeteries, in front of the Yardley Borough Hall and at the Veterans Monument in Lower Makefield. The public is invited to attend these short, historical ceremonies. Attendees need only wait at a location for the Honor Guard to pass through or follow the troop convoy leaving from American Legion Post 317 at 7 a.m. Official honoring ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. at the Yardley Veterans Monument at Afton and Delaware avenues (across from the Yardley Inn). This year’s guest speaker is USAF Retired Peter Guidotti, the chair of the Yardley Borough Planning Commission. The keynote speaker will be Thomas Sciortino, 1st Lieutenant Company C, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division, Silver Star and Purple Heart recipient. Marge Swider will sing and Carolyn Havrilla will read "Flanders Field." At 11 a.m., the annual Yardley-Makefield Memorial Day Parade steps off at Taylorsville Road and Maplevale Drive and will head south on Main Street to the American Legion Hall. VFW Post 6393 and American Legion Post 317 will be open for supporters and community visitors throughout the day. Anyone needing information or wanting to participate may e-mail Russ Davidson at email@example.com. Subject line: Yardley Parade.