Plumstead Township’s Board of Supervisors and its Veterans Committee will conduct its annual Memorial Day Observance at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at the township’s Veterans Park, 5775 Easton Road, Plumsteadville.
The observance will be led by the Plumstead Township Veterans Committee. During the Flag Ceremony, the Young Marines and the Doylestown Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Cadets will first raise the American flag and then lower it to half-staff. On Memorial Day, the flag is flown at half-staff until noon when it is then raised back up to full-staff.
Following the Flag Ceremony, tribute will be made to Plumstead residents who made the supreme sacrifice. The program will conclude with the sounding of Taps and the benediction. All are invited to attend.
In the event of rain, the service will be held at the Plumsteadville Volunteer Fire Co., 5064 Stump Road.
“As we take this day to honor our fallen comrades and quietly contemplate their ultimate sacrifice, we realize how clearly inadequate our attempt really is to pay tribute to them,” said John Murphy, chair of the Plumstead Township Veterans Committee.
It is important to note the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day; Memorial Day honors the memory of those who gave their life in service to the country and Veterans Day honors all who have served in the nation’s military service. Memorial Day was established in 1868 and at that time was known as Decoration Day. It is also a day to remember the POWs and MIAs who served the country.
Plumstead has long been involved with the nation’s military, dating back to the Revolutionary War. The Plumstead Friends Meeting House served as a hospital for the Continental Army.