I was invited to attend the Etna Memorial Day Ceremony at 7:30 AM today.
Mary Ellen’s mother’s home is on High Street in Etna next to this hillside cemetery. Her grandmother hostessed the party decades before. Our hostess today was Ruth Gubanic. She continues the tradition in memory of her brothers. She had three brothers who served: two in WWII and one in the Korean War. She honors all three on Memorial Day. Their names are Will, Eddie and Rayme.
All of the Veterans’ names will be added after the initial post because I don’t want to mess up spelling or misidentifying anyone…but I also know they are eager to see some of the photographs from today. I have created a separate Etna Memorial Day Parade album on Flickr and as soon as it is edited a bit, I will post that link as well.
It was an honor and a privilege to document the ceremony today.
You can see our gracious hostess Ruth in the front row.
The Grand Marshall of the Parade -Jim Oehling
During the ceremony there was a “flyover”- of honking geese
This gentleman is Rick Stefanick, and he is going to help me identify all the other participants with their correct names. Thank you, Rick.
Jim Brokenbek (l) from Post 106 and Rick Stefanick.
Friends for more than forty years, ready to march in the parade.
Richard Hudak is the Firing Squad Master
Mary Ellen and her mother Ruth
For a few more photos, here is a link to the Flickr Album
May 30, 2016 | Categories: Photography | Tags: Armed Forces, celebration, cemetery, Etna PA, Etna VFW, flyover, Korea, memorial, Memorial Day, military, music, parade, remembering, taps, veterans, Vietnam, wreath laying, WW2 | 14 Comments
A neighbor’s display in his yard. Each flag has a metal marker of a different war. Too many wars.