At 10 a.m. Monday, May 25 starting at Bangor Veterans Memorial Park, there will be a Memorial Day procession, including the Columbia Fire Co., various Bangor Fire companies and the Blue Valley Rescue Squad followed by members of the the Martocci-Capobianco American Legion Post No. 750, Veterans of Foreign Affairs Post No. 739, and Emily H. Evans Post No. 739. State Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe/Northampton, as well as Rep. Joe Emrick, a Republican whose 137th district covers portions of Northampton County, will join the tribute.
The procession will proceed to St. Johns cemetery for a 21-gun salute, playing of taps, singing of the national anthem and a prayer. The procession will then move to the Roseto Presbyterian Cemetery on Liberty Street and the Catholic cemetery adjacent to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. The public is asked to view the tribute from their home porches and/or visit the cemeteries with the procession to pay respects to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. All guests at the cemeteries must adhere to proper social distancing.
A virtual veterans’ writing workshop and the 10th season of the “Our Hometown Heroes” display honoring men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces highlight the 10th annual ArtsQuest’s Memorial Day Celebration on Sunday, May 24 to Monday, May 25. The ceremony and all related Memorial Day programming will be available at steelstacks.org.
More than 130 banners featuring photos of 1,300 Lehigh Valley residents who served in the military currently are displayed as part of the “Our Hometown Heroes” celebration on First and Second Streets and Founders Way of the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks campus.
The public will have a chance to drive through the campus or walk by the banners — following proper social distancing guidelines and any other health and safety regulations enacted by the city and state. The banners also are being displayed online for the first time ever, said ArtsQuest spokesman Mark Demko.
From 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 24, the Women Veterans Empowered and Thriving and ArtsQuest will offer veterans and their families to engage virtually in a writing and storytelling workshop designed to explore grief, loss, anger and other emotions. Demko said the goal of the workshop is for participants who have experienced loss to express what Memorial Day means to them. Guests can register for the event at womenveteransempowered.org.
At 3 p.m. Monday, May 25, a “Time to Remember” Memorial Ceremony will kick-off on the SteelStacks Facebook page. The event plans to include the singing of the national anthem and “God Bless America” by Stacy Gabel, a 10-time Lehigh Valley Music Awards winner. The Lehigh Valley Gold Star Mothers plan to read the names of all Lehigh Valley residents who have died in service to their country.
Speakers include ArtsQuest President & CEO Kassie Hilgert and Dave Lobach, president, CEO and chairman of Embassy Bank. ArtsQuest will also host a screening of a Memorial Day-themed PBS film on the ArtsQuest Memorial Day website throughout Monday.