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Memorial Day Events

DALLAS: Daddow-Isaacs American Legion Post 672 will conduct its annual Memorial Day parade on Monday. Assembly will begin at 8:15 a.m. and the parade will begin at 9. The parade route will go to the center of Dallas, then to Warden Cemetery, and finish at Chapel Lawn Cemetery.

Honorary parade marshal will be Chester Kunigonis, longtime member of the Dallas post, and current district commander. The main speaker will be retired Navy Lt. Commander Susan K. Allen.

Also participating in the program will be the Rev. Roger Griffith, Trinity Presbyterian Church, and Christopher Jayne, who will recite the Gettysburg Address. Other participants will be the Dallas High School Band; area Scouts; antique cars; service clubs; State Rep. Karen Boback; Dallas Mayor Tim Carroll; Bonnie Thomas, Ladies Auxiliary president; Marion Kunigonis, VA representative; Dallas Fire and Ambulance; Little League teams; American Legion Baseball Team; and veterans. Commander Clarence J. Michael will conduct the ceremony.

LUZERNE COUNTY: Captain Robert L. Perino, personnel officer for the 1st Battalion, 109th Field Artillery, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, will be the main speaker at the annual Memorial Day Service hosted by the Italian American Veterans of Luzerne County, Post 1, Wilkes-Barre. The event will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Independent Italian Cemetery, Stites Street, West Wyoming.

Retired U.S Air Force Master Sgt. Neno Sartini, post adjutant, will serve as master of ceremonies. Remarks will be made by U.S. Navy retired OS1 William Uggiano, post commander. Soloist will be Suzanne Hall, singing the National Anthem. Taps will be sounded by Regan Palfey.

A resident of Pringle, Perino was promoted to the rank of captain in June 2007. He is also a member of the Italian American Veterans of Luzerne County, Post 1.

SHICKSHINNY: Jesse Thomas Post 495 will hold its annual parade on Monday with formation beginning at 9 a.m. behind the Curry Donuts on North Main Street.

The parade begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. and will proceed on to Main Street, continue on to Butler Street and end at the Pine Hill Cemetery, where a memorial service is planned.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Alan Janusziewicz, a retired colonel and board-certified physician. Janusziewicz is a 1978 graduate of Northwest Area High School.

SWOYERSVILLE: Swoyersville American Legion Post 644 along with Catholic War Veterans Post 1601, Ladies Auxiliary Post 644, and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron Post 644 will conduct an annual Memorial Day service on Monday starting with a Mass at 9 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Hughes Street.

Cemetery services will be conducted by the combined firing squads from the sponsoring veterans organizations. Cemeteries where services will be held are Dennison, St. Mary’s, Holy Trinity and St. Nicholas. Services will end at the American Legion monument.

Refreshments will follow in the Legion hall, 259 Shoemaker St.

WEST SIDE: The parade committee of the West Side Veteran’s Association announces that Paul Peopperling, 90, of Kingston, and Joseph Proeller, 95, of Wilkes-Barre, will serve as grand marshals of the West Side Memorial Day Parade on Monday.

Peopperling and Proeller are life members of Post 283 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Kingston, served in World War II, and have more than 100 years of combined service in the VFW.

Parade participants will stage at 10 a.m. and step-off is set for 10:30 a.m. The line-up for the parade is as follows:

• Section A: law enforcement, military and veterans at Market and North Maple streets.

• Section B: public officials at the Church of Christ Uniting parking lot.

• Section C: uniformed units of Irem Temple at United Penn Plaza parking lot.

• Section D; civic organizations at Market Street and Sprague Avenue.

• Section E: emergency personnel and vehicles on Main and Market streets.

The memorial service at the Flood Memorial Monument in the Forty Fort Cemetery will take place at the conclusion of the parade. Former Sen. Charles Lemmond is the main speaker. Cassie Palfey, a faculty member with Dallas Area School District, is the soloist. Bernard Shinko of Kingston, a member of the American Legion and VFW, is serving as master of ceremonies.

Following the parade, Anthracite VFW Post 283 will treat participating youth to a lunch of hot dogs, chips and soda at the Post home, 757 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston. Black Diamond American Legion Post 395 will conduct a memorial service for its deceased members at the Post home.

An “After Glow” buffet for adult parade participants will follow.

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