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Memorial Day

Veterans groups and municipalities have ceremonies planned for Memorial Day.

The Northampton Joint Veterans Association - American Legion Post 353, Catholic War Veterans Post 454 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 - will hold a tribute for fallen comrades 11 a.m. May 30 at the Veterans Plaza, 14th Street and Dewey Avenue.

VFW Post 4714 will begin with programs at cemeteries across the borough: 8:30 a.m., Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery; 9 a.m., St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery; 9:30 a.m., Assumption BVM Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery; and 10 a.m., Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery.

Each cemetery program will consist of the national anthem, a prayer, a song, roll call, a rifle salute, taps and playing of both “Amazing Grace” and “America the Beautiful.”

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will hold programs spanning two days.

The May 29 schedule is as follows:

• 8:15 a.m., Fairview Cemetery, Cherryville Road, Northampton

• 9 a.m., St. Peter’s (Snyder’s) United Church of Christ, Seemsville (service and cemetery)

• 10:20 a.m., Emmanuel Church, Emanuelsville

• 11 a.m., Christ United Church of Christ, Little Moore, between Klecknersville and Rockville

• Noon, Horner’s Cemetery, Nor-Bath Boulevard, East Allen Township

• 2 p.m., Zion Stone United Church of Christ, Kreidersville (service and cemetery)

The May 30 schedule is as follows:

• 8 a.m., G.A.R. Memorial Plot, Lincoln and Dewey avenues, Northampton

• 8:45 a.m., Allen Union Cemetery, Fourth and Main streets, Northampton. Inclement weather would move this program to Grace United Church of Christ, Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue, Northampton.

• 9:45 a.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ, Howertown (service and cemetery)

• 11 a.m., Siegfried Memorial Plot, West 21st Street, Northampton

The Captain Theodore Howell Camp No. 48 Sons of Union Veterans was organized in 1910 and is made up of descendants of Union soldiers. Each Memorial Day since 1911, the group has visited 10 cemeteries in the area that hold the remains of those who fought in the Civil War and other wars. Also participating is the Tri Community Marching Band.

Each service includes a prayer, a recitation of the Gettysburg Address, a rifle salute and the playing of taps and “Star Spangled Banner.”