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Northampton Township Hosting Memorial Day Ceremonies

There are two events planned in Northampton on Memorial Day.

Northampton Township Hosting Memorial Day Ceremonies

There are two Memorial Day ceremonies that will take place in Northampton Township on May 26.

At 8 a.m. there will be a flag lowering/raising ceremony in front of the 7 flag poles of the Northampton Township building located at 55 Township Rd, Richboro. Along with the pole hoisting the US flag there are 6 other flag poles each hoisting a flag of the branch of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines). This ceremony at 8:00AM should only last approximately 5 minutes and will be conducted by the Marine Corps League's Patriot Detachment. 

At 9 a.m. there will be an approximately 45 to 55 minute ceremony at the Robert H. Dembowski, Jr. Veterans Memorial Park located at Routes 232 and 332 (2nd Street Pike & Almshouse Rd), Richboro. Included in this ceremony will be a wreath laying by the families of our two Northampton soldiers who were killed in action. They were Army PFC Bobby Dembowski, Jr. and Army Master Sgt. Ken Elwell. We will never forget Bobby and Ken and the service they gave while paying the ultimate price, Bobby Dembowski 6 years ago on May 24, 2007 and Ken Elwell, almost 2 years ago on July 17, 2011.  In addition, there will be an unveiling of two memorial plaques dedicated to the memory of these two heroes.

May 26, 2014, 9:00AM, Program Agenda

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Army Colonel Daniel L. Rubini (Retired)

COLOR GUARD: Marine Corps League

Patriot Detachment #1230, Richboro, PA

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM: sung by Jill Cartwright, CRHS South

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: led by Colonel Rubini

WELCOME REMARKS: Eileen Silver, Chairman

Northampton Township Board of Supervisors

INVOCATION: Rev. Dr. Paul M. Sorcek, Advent Lutheran Church

POW/MIA/KIA CHAIR AND REMEMBRANCE

WREATH LAYING: The Dembowski & Elwell Families escorted by Richard Weaver and George Kelly, Patriot Detachment MCL

UNVEILING OF MEMORIAL PLAQUES

 GUEST SPEAKERS:

Comments: Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick

Keynote: USMC Major Joseph Fabrizio, (Retired)

CLOSING REMARKS

BENEDICTION: Rev. Dr. Paul M. Sorcek

RIFLE SALUTE: Patriot Detachment Marine Corps League 

TAPS: Kathleen McCall 

RETIRING THE COLORS: Patriot Detachment MCL 

CONCLUSION

Pete Palestina, Northampton Township Veterans Advisory Committee

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