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Lebanon Marks Memorial Day with Parade and Ceremony

The “Call of the Colors” performed by Lebanon High School trumpeter Julia Campbell led off the Memorial Day ceremony at Monument Park in the City of Lebanon.

It was the culmination of the 90 minute parade through the city that honored the U.S.veterans who gave the last full measure of devotion to this nation in battle; a parade that was unable to be held since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ceremony included traditional military customs, including a moving Battlefield Cross ceremony performed by the American Legion Post 751 from Enola.

It was narrated by retired Navy Chaplain Brad “Doc” Bowers:

The keynote address was delivered by 101st State Representative Frank Ryan, a retired Marine Reserve Colonel.

He told the crowd he had been asked earlier in the morning whether it was appropriate to say “Happy Memorial Day.”

His response was “yes” :

The ceremony ended with a rifle volley salute and the blowing of taps in honor of all fallen troops in our nation’s history.

Afterward, WLBR News caught up with Parade Chairman and VFW Post 23 member Bill Meiser, as he thanked folks for coming out yesterday:

Also happy they were a part of Monday’s festivities were 97-year old World War II veteran, Frank Stellar of South Lebanon Township and his grandson, Greg Stellar.

It was the first time the U.S. Army Air Corps veteran participated in a parade, at the behest of his grandson:

The elder Stellar served in the European theater of operations during World War II after the Battle of the Bulge, as well as in the infantry.

Listen to the full interview with World War II veteran Frank Stellar:

Listen to the Lebanon High School Marching Band perform “America”  (My Country T’is of Thee)