From the solitude of the Newtown Cemetery to Veterans Plaza on Historic State Street, Taps split the morning air as Newtown remembered the fallen on Memorial Day. Pausing first at the gravesite of Morell Smith, Newtown’s only native son who died fighting for his country in WWI, and then at the World War I monument at the Newtown Library Company, veterans from American Legion Post 440 laid wreaths and saluted the men and women who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.
PENNDEL >> The community gathered at the Penndel Ball Fields on Memorial Day weekend to send a message of sacrifice, remembrance and gratitude to the future. During a ceremony following the annual Penndel-Hulmeville Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, leaders of the committee that brought the Traveling Vietnam Wall here in 2017 lowered a time capsule into the ground as a solemn reminder of what took place during the Wall’s visit to Penndel. The ceremony followed the annual Penndel-Hulmeville Memorial Day Parade which stepped off Saturday morning beneath partly sunny skies. Applause filled the air along Bellevue Avenue as members of the Penndel American Legion led the march from Hulmeville to the ball fields in Penndel Borough. More applause greeted a caravan of cars carrying veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. A U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard proudly marched down the street carrying the flag of the nation followed by the All Division Detachment of the Marine Corps League and the Tri-County Band. Politicians from Penndel and Hulmeville boroughs waved to the crowds from a lineup of vehicles as U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick walked the route shaking hands along the way. Also riding by were State Senator Tomlinson, State Rep. Tina Davis and District Judge the Hon. Daniel Baranoski. The Uptown String Band strutted the route performing patriotic favorites including “This Land Is Your Land.” The band Big Whiskey rode by belting out the song, “We’re An American Band.” Teams of Wildcats joined the parade. So did Scouts from Penndel and Levittown. Members of the Redeemer Lutheran Church rode by singing patriotic hymns. Also joining the parade were the Daisy Jug Band, the Andalusia Jug Band, the Nashville Cats, the Penndel Rescue Squad and Fire companies from Penndel, William Penn, Parkland, Langhorne-Middletown and Eddington.
Yardley-Makefield >> Despite Monday’s inclement weather, hundreds of people grabbed their rain gear and headed to Main Street on Monday to honor the men and women who have given their lives in defense of freedom. As the town’s annual Memorial Day Parade stepped off with a patroitic flourish of red, white and blue and with light drizzle turning into a heavier shower, cheers and applause erupted as the local veterans marched down Main Street. The veterans, some of them wearing their dress uniforms and all of them wearing red poppies, paraded proudly down the street waving to the unexpectedly large crowd. Their day began early with visits to area cemeteries and memorials where they led solemn salutes in the damp morning air to the area’s fallen soldiers. A formal ceremony followed at the Veterans Memorial at East Afton and Delaware avenues where speakers recalled the sacrifices that paid for the freedoms enjoyed today.
Veterans, community leaders and residents gathered at the Veterans Memorial at the foot of East Afton Avenue Monday morning to honor and pay their respects to the men and women who have died in service to their country.
YARDLEY BOROUGH >> Cheers erupted as a sea of red, white and blue patriotism flooded the intersection of East Afton and Delaware avenues on May 5 as the East Coast Carry the Load relay passed through the borough on its way to Dallas, Texas. "Your attendance this afternoon means you have chosen to be a part of a wave of change - a growing revolution to restore meaning back to Memorial Day," Yardley Borough Mayor Chris Harding told the flag-waving crowd, as he welcomed several hundred to the borough’s third annual Carry the Load rally.