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May 15, 2014

Schmid to lead Memorial Day festivities in Danville

DANVILLE — Master Sgt. Michael D. Schmid will be guest speaker for the annual Memorial Day festivities May 26 in Danville.

Schmid, of Bloomsburg, has served three combat tours in Iraq and one tour in Kuwait. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard at the Danville Reserve Center.

Two parade marshals will be featured during the annual parade. They are Robert Hall, who is 102 years old, and M. Jane Duceman, 92. They are both Montour County veterans who served during World War II, according to Doug Resseguie, director of Montour County Veterans Affairs and an Air Force veteran. Hall served in the Army and Duceman was a member of the Army Air Force.

Resseguie hopes this year to add an honored decorated veteran as part of the annual parade.

Festivities this year are being hosted by the Danville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 298.

Also new this year will be Danville High School student Anna Wassmer singing the National Anthem and the Battle Hymn of the Republic during the ceremony in Memorial Park, Bloom Street.

Activities begin at 10 a.m. on the Danville-Riverside Bridge where those buried at sea or lost at sea will be honored. The Rev. Harry Wonderland, of the First Baptist Church, will give the invocation and benediction.

Serving as flower girls will be Abbey Lacomely and Elliona Lopez.

Danville American Legion Post 40 Honor Guard, commanded by Andy Hovi, a Marine Corps veteran, will give the rifle salute. Andrew and Larrissa Georges will sound the bugles. Andrew is a Marine Corps veteran. They are members of Bugles Across America.

The parade will form along West Market Street and continue along Mill Street to the park.

Parade participants will include police, the Legion, the VFW, the ceremony speaker and clergy, flower girls,  commanders of veterans’ organizations, veterans, military vehicles, Sons of the American Legion, auxiliaries of veterans’ organizations, fire companies, Montour County commissioners, mayors, the Danville High School Band, Boy, Girl and Cub Scouts and Danville Ambulance Service.

The park ceremony will include the Legion Honor Guard raising the colors and presenting a rifle salute, a Danville High School bugler and VFW Post Commander Jeremiah Walter giving the welcome and serving as master of ceremonies. He is an Army veteran who served in Iraq.

Wonderland will give the invocation and benediction.

The high school band, directed by Jeff Smith, will play.

Various community groups will place wreaths.

First Sgt. Michael S. Hughes will conduct a ceremony to remember prisoners of war and those missing in action. Robert Barnhart, VFW post junior vice commander and Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, will read the Gettysburg Address.

Resseguie will read the roll call of the honored dead.

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