This Week in Local History: Memorial Day memories


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Marchers in the 1967 Memorial Day parade in Clarks Summit.


Abington Journal file photos

Bugler Sgt. Joseph Wargo, Marine Corps League, Northeast Detachment, played ‘Taps’ during a 1978 Memorial Day service at Hickory Grove Cemetery.


Abington Journal file photos

Mayor William Westington delivered his address through a microphone protected from the rain by plastic at the 1984 Memorial Day ceremony at the VFW Post 7069.


Abington Journal file photos

1967 — A photograph in the Abington Journal showed the VFW, Legion, Army reserves and Abington Heights High School band marching in the Memorial Day Parade.

1978 — A Memorial Day service was held at Hickory Grove Cemetery. Rev. Henry Male, of Church of the Epiphany, Glenburn, lead with prayer and thoughtful remarks, Marine gun salute honored those killed in war and bugler Sgt. Joseph Wargo, Marine Corps League, Northeast Detachment, played “Taps.”

1984 — Under a Memorial Day photo from that year ran the headline “Rain or Shine.”

“If soldiers march into battle in foul weather, then we can honor the memory of those courageous soldiers in the same weather,” read the caption. “Despite the rain, Memorial Day services were held last week at the VFW Post 7069.

Marchers in the 1967 Memorial Day parade in Clarks Summit.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_ABJ-LH-0601-1967.jpgMarchers in the 1967 Memorial Day parade in Clarks Summit. Abington Journal file photos

Bugler Sgt. Joseph Wargo, Marine Corps League, Northeast Detachment, played ‘Taps’ during a 1978 Memorial Day service at Hickory Grove Cemetery.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_ABJ-LH-0601-1978.jpgBugler Sgt. Joseph Wargo, Marine Corps League, Northeast Detachment, played ‘Taps’ during a 1978 Memorial Day service at Hickory Grove Cemetery. Abington Journal file photos

Mayor William Westington delivered his address through a microphone protected from the rain by plastic at the 1984 Memorial Day ceremony at the VFW Post 7069.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_ABJ-LH-0601-1984.jpgMayor William Westington delivered his address through a microphone protected from the rain by plastic at the 1984 Memorial Day ceremony at the VFW Post 7069. Abington Journal file photos

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

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