Memorial Day Services Set at Area Communities
Chamberlin Speaker at Wyalusing Service
Staff Sergeant Benjamin Chamberlin of Terry Township will be the Memorial Day speaker at services conducted by Wyalusing Post 534.
Post 534 will conduct services on Monday, May 30 at four area cemeteries, however, Chamberlin’s address will be only at the Wyalusing Cemetery.
The services begin at the Quicks Bend Cemetery at 9 a.m., followed by services at Standing Stone, 10 a.m.; Camptown, 11 a.m., and Wyalusing at noon. The Wyalusing Valley High School Band will perform at the Wyalusing service.
Following the Wyalusing service, a dinner, which is open to the public, will be held at Post 534.
Sgt. Chamberlin served with the 2nd Marine Division in Beruit, Lebanon in 1982-83.
After serving in the Marine Corps, Chamberlin continued his military service in the PA National Guard 28th Infantry Division.
In 2004-05, Chamberlin saw combat duty with the U.S. Army’s Military Police Brigade in Iraq.
Chamberlin has received the following decorations and notes that he received them with the help of “many good men and women:” Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star, Joint Services Commendation Medal with Valor, Army Achievement Medal, Marine Corps and Army Good Conduct medals, Army and Navy Unit Citations medals, National Guard Achievement, National Defense with Bronze Star, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Mobilization Medal, Sea Service Deployment with Bronze Star, Marine Corps Rifle Expert Badge and Army Rifle Expert Badge.
Chamberlin and his wife, Cheryl, have two grown sons, Cain and Dylan.
Lt. Col George R. Gay Speaker at Black Walnut
Black Walnut American Legion Post 510 will honor past and present members of our armed services and Bob Priestner, the 2011 Don James Lighthouse of Service Award recipient, at its annual Memorial Day Service on May 30, 2011. As did the late Don James, Priestner served his country, community, faith and family with great distinction
The service will begin at 11a.m. at the Black Walnut Post Home.
The service will be preceded at 10:45 a.m. by a flag walk led by Dale Bennett. Participants carrying small American flags will walk ¼ mile from the Black Walnut Cemetery on Old Route 6 to the Post Home. Participation by all area persons, young and old and able to leisurely walk this distance is encouraged. The walk is a wonderful old-fashioned way to kindle the spirit of honoring those who have served and sacrificed so much for our country.
The memorial service will be led by Post 510 Commander Larry Overfield. Lt. Col. George R. Gay, USMC (Ret), will be the featured speaker. Col. Gay served over 20 years in combat and staff assignments and following retirement, worked 23 years in an executive capacity for several defense contractors.
Patriotic music will be provided by the Endless Mountains Barbershop Chorus led by Marty Wise. Gail James will accompany them with slides.