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Communities across the region hold parades, services and other activities during Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day itself, which falls on Monday May 30 this year, is a day honoring those who died while on active military service.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it became an official federal holiday in 1971.

The Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Service in Williamsport begins activities Saturday.

On Wednesday morning, a group of 20 people, made up of on-duty firefighters, off-duty firefighters, retired firefighters and administration, placed 380 American flags on the headstones of men and women who served in the US military. For the past 50 years, the city‘s firefighters have come together to plant the flags every year.

“We are honored to do this” Williamsport firefighter Jeff Vogt said in a statement to the Sun Gazette.

The event at Veterans Memorial Park at West Fourth Street and Wahoo Drive will begin at 11 a.m. with retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Earl Hailston as the guest speaker.

Martin J. Payne, President of the Lycoming County Veterans Council Inc. and a Vietnam War veteran, will greet the audience.

The annual event includes patriotic songs, laying wreaths at war memorials, a gun salute, and playing roosters.

Howard Wilt, Marine Corps Veteran and Chair of the Veterans Memorial Park Commission, will provide an update on the park.

Nick Biddle will sing the national anthem.

The Gold Star Family Monument is scheduled to be dedicated after the regular service.

Worship services on Sunday, May 29 are:

• Picture Rocks Parade, 1:30 pm Forms at the Baptist Church on Center Street and heads to the cemetery for service. Retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Dale Wertman is guest speaker.

• Nippenose Valley Memorial Day Services, 1:30 pm at Oval Cemetery. Speaker will be Rev. Max Furman of Antes Fort/Oriole United Methodist Church. Fairplay Brass will perform.

• Cherry Grove Cemetery, North Mont. Worship service at 2:00 p.m. Ham dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Nordmont Community Hall. The cost is $12 per person.

Worship services on Monday, May 30 are:

• Williamsport – Remembrance Day Ceremony for Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Circle, Wildwood Cemetery, 9:00 am The annual event pays tribute to local veterans who served during the Civil War.

• Jersey Shore – Jersey Shore Veterans Council Lost at Sea at Route 44 Bridge, Jersey Shore, 6:00 am; American Legion Post 36 military service, 7 a.m.; VFW Post 5859 military service, 8 a.m.; Cemetery service at 9 a.m

• Salladasburg – Parade, 11 am Forms on Dochter Street. Veterans honored at Salladasburg United Methodist Church.

• Loganton – Parade, 2:00pm along Main Street. Patriotic ceremony follows. Chicken BBQ, 3:00 p.m. at the Sugar Valley Fire Hall, 24 W. Anthony St. Fire Company for the annual drawing later in the afternoon

• Muncy – Parade, 11:00 am Forms on East Mechanic Street and North Main Street and ends at the Graveyard. Funeral service follows.

• Montoursville – Memorial Service at Montoursville Cemetery, 10 am

• Hughesville – Parade, 9:00 am Worship service at Pleasant Hills Cemetery with Reverend Jerry Uppling, pastor of Picture Rocks Baptist Church, as speaker. In the event of rain, the service will be held in the Hughesville High School auditorium.

• Montgomery – Parade, 9:00 am Form up at Bower Decker Post 25 American Legion and head south on Broad Street to Community Park. Worship service in the park follows.

To honor the more than 66,000 veterans who have died in combat since the Vietnam War, Air Force Master Sgt. Leo Knight-Inglesby will take a 3.33-mile walk from the Market Street Bridge to the Maynard Street Bridge along the Memorial Day Susquehanna Riverwalk Guide in Williamsport. The walk starts at 9 am

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