MILLHEIM — On May 26, members of American Legion Post 444 in Millheim traveled to numerous cemeteries in the eastern Penns Valley and Brush Valley areas, conducting Memorial Day services to honor veterans whose graves occupy those cemeteries.
Post Commander Carol Clark-Baney opened the services, citing a quotation by President John F. Kennedy, who said: “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”
Clark-Baney said that the deceased veterans shared a common bond with today’s soldiers.
“If you would look into their lives, both the privates and the generals, you would see that they all practice the same military values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage,” she said.
Following a prayer, Clark-Baney announced “Squad, honor our veterans.” Legion member Carl Royer gave the “ready, aim, fire” commands to members of a firing squad, who fired three volleys of shots into the air. Civil War reenactor Jimmy Brown, dressed in an authentic Civil War Union soldier’s uniform pulled the lanyard on a Civil War-era cannon, setting it off with a loud boom which echoed across the valley to honor the veterans. The playing of taps concluded each service.
The service was repeated at a total of 18 cemeteries located in Spring Mills, Millheim, Aaronsburg, and Woodward along state Route 45, as well as cemeteries in Brush Valley, located in Livonia, Rebersburg, Madisonburg and along state Route 192.
The Millheim American Legion has been conducting these services on Memorial Day weekend for over five decades.