LANCASTER – More than 100 residents attended a Memorial Day Ceremony in Lancaster Monday morning. The service was held at 10 a.m. in the Veterans Court of Honor at the Lancaster Cemetery. View highlights of the ceremony below:
The Presentation of Colors was conducted by Joe Walker Middle School, Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron with Commander Lt. Col. Traci Scott.
Vocalist Amanda Dodson sang the National Anthem.
Rev. Yoshiko Ota of the Konko Church of Lancaster gave the invocation.
Lancaster Council Member Ken Mann, assisted by Mayor Emeritus Henry Hearns, presented the Lancaster Cemetery District with a Certificate of Recognition for their continued effort towards honoring veterans and preserving the history of Lancaster.
The placing of the Memorial Wreaths was conducted by the Marine Corps League A.V. Detachment #930 and the Lancaster Cemetery District Trustees.
U.S. Navy veteran Phil Roberts performed the Bell Ceremony.
“Today we remember and honor the men and women who defended the American way of life and were not fortunate enough to return home to us,” said keynote speaker J.D. Kennedy, District Representative from Congressman Buck McKeon’s office and United States Marine Corps Iraqi war veteran.
More than 100 residents attended the ceremony.
Taps and Amazing Grace were played on bagpipes by Christopher Parke.
Lancaster resident Sharon Parizo took time out from the ceremony to place flowers at the gravesite of her father, Earl A. Parizo, a World War II veteran who passed away in 1993.
The program was hosted by the Friends of the Lancaster Cemetery. View more sights from this event on our facebook page.