2009-05-21 / Front Page

Navy Cmdr. Will Give Memorial Day Speech

Observances at Union Cemetery, courthouse, elsewhere
By Lindsay R. Mellott STAFF WRITER

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Mark A. Stroh will give the speech at this year's Memorial Day observance scheduled for Monday morning at Union Cemetery in Ayr Township.

The 10 a.m. service is the first of two planned jointly by American Legion Post 561 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 655. The second observance takes place at the county courthouse in McConnellsburg immediately following the Union Cemetery service.

Stroh took part in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Enduring Freedom. His field of speciality is intelligence, and he has served his country in numerous capacities, receiving multiple awards. The 50-year-old commander earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration in 1981 and during his naval career has attended several service schools. Stroh is married and the father of three children.

Following Stroh's remarks, memorial wreaths will be presented by the VFW, American Legion SAL, VFW and American Legion auxiliaries; veterans graves will be decorated; and the Fulton Honor Guard will salute departed comrades.

Patriotic music, "Taps" and the national anthem will be performed by a county school band and again at the courthouse service.

Memorial Day in McConnellsburg will be commemorated with the decoration of veterans' graves and a parade through downtown, followed by a service at the courthouse, which includes a presentation of memorial wreaths, a salute to departed comrades, prayers and remarks. Memorial Day service elsewhere

•Wells Valley United Methodist Church will hold the 65th annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. on May 25 . The service includes guest speaker Pastor Ken Grundon and the Forbes Road High School Band. A luncheon is planned after the service.

•Buck Valley Memorial Day services take place May 24, starting at the Christian Church at 9 a.m. and ending at the Methodist Church with an 11 a.m. service that features Rev. Freeman Snair Jr. and the Fulton Honor Guard.

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