The public is invited to the Bethel Park Memorial Day program on May 31.
Celebratory activities begin with a 7:45 am ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Plaza across from the Bethel Park Municipal Building, 5100 W. Library Ave. The ceremony, which celebrates the 21st anniversary of the Veterans’ Memorial, will feature commentary from Mayor Jack Allen and Council Chairman Timothy Moury, as well as special musical performances.
The guest of honor is Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Laurence Christian, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Infantry Brigade (Fort Benning, Ga.), And City Manager of Bethel Park. He will discuss what Memorial Day means to him in terms of his time served in the military as well as the many members of his family who have served and are currently serving.
The annual American Legion Memorial Day Parade begins at 9 a.m., from the municipal building, turn left on Highland Avenue, left on Bethel Church Road and ends at Bethel Cemetery, adjacent to Bethel Presbyterian Church.
About 50 organizations participate, including the mechanized First Frontier Calvary with WWII-era jeeps and a horse-drawn carriage with figures depicting Betsy Ross and George Washington inside. The parade will also feature a variety of other antique military vehicles.
The cemetery service is scheduled for 10 a.m., with Scott Barber, commanding officer of the American Legion Post 760, as master of ceremonies. Highlights include patriotic music, commentary from local dignitaries and military officials, recognition of the fallen heroes of Bethel Park, and a deceased roll call.
A U.S. Air Force C-17 is scheduled to conduct an overflight at 10:20 a.m. Customers are urged to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidelines.