Memorial Day 2013 Lititz plans big event; Rothsville kicks things off, but no parade there this year

By on May 23, 2013



Rear Admiral Janice M. Hamby

The biggest news of all for May 27 is that there will be no Memorial Day parade in Rothsville this year.

"Unlike past years, we won’t have a parade in Rothsville," Rich Bryant, event organizer said. "The high school band was not able to come, and what’s a parade without a band?"

Aside from the lack of marching, those who served will still be honored in the manner to which Rothsville has become accustomed. A memorial service will be held in the cemetery of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 36 Church St., at 9 a.m.

Children will place flowers on the graves of veterans, marked by American flags. An invocation by Pastor David Unangst of Salem UMC will follow, along with a musical rendition of "America," and a reading of the Gettysburg Address. Music is provided by the Lititz Community Band.

Rear Admiral Janice M. Hamby will be the guest speaker for the services in Rothsville and Lititz. Hamby is currently serving on the staff of the Secretary of Defense as Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications and Computers and Information Infrastructure Capabilities for the U.S. Navy.

VFW Post 1463, American Legion Post 56 and the Rothsville Fire Company will lay wreaths in honor of those who served, following which those in attendance will sing our National Anthem.

"Taps" will be played to salute the dead and Pastor Unangst will give the benediction to conclude the service in Rothsville.

The Lititz observance follows a similar schedule. The traditional parade will form on Warwick St. at 10:30 a.m. and will proceed at 10:45 to the Moravian cemetery.

Children will place flowers on the graves of veterans as the Lititz Community band plays the "Navy Hymn."

Richard Little, Chaplain, American Legion Post 56, will offer the invocation and William Stauffer will sing "America," accompanied by the Warwick High School Band. A reading of the Gettysburg Address will follow.

Rear Admiral Hamby will again address the gathering as guest speaker, followed by a series of patriotic musical offerings from the Lititz Community Band.

Wreaths will be laid by VFW Post 1463, American Legion Post 56 and VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries and Sons of the American Legion, after which William Stauffer will lead attendees in the singing of our National Anthem, again accompanied by the WHS band.

A firing squad, followed by "Taps" and echo will honor the fallen, after which Richard Little will pronounce the benediction.

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