American Legion to host 39th Annual Exeter Memorial Day Parade
American Legion Post 934 of Exeter Township has announced the 39th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Service will be held on Monday, May 27.
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Exeter Township High School and conclude with a service at Forest Hills Memorial Park.
Jesse Ritz, parade committee chairman, said they are hoping to have Don Moatz, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, serve as the parade’s grand marshal. Moatz served as the American Legion Post 934 commander for 40 years.
The memorial service at Forest Hills Memorial Park is held to honor those who have died serving our country. The keynote speaker for the service will be Berks County Court of Common Pleas Judge Timothy Rowley.
The service is expected to end at approximately 11:15 a.m.
Lorraine Selke, marching band director for Exeter High School, will lead the district’s marching band along with some band members of the Antietam Jr./Sr. High School during the parade.
A selection of music by the band’s wind ensemble will be played at the service.
Parade participants should plan to arrive by 8:30 a.m. and enter from Route 422 on 37th Street as other entrances will be blocked by barriers. Volunteer Fire Police will direct participants to their parking areas. American Legion members will also distribute participation ribbons and help everyone find their location.
In the event of rain, cancellation of the parade will be announced on radio station WEEU 830 AM just prior to the start at 9 a.m. The service is held rain or shine. If the parade is cancelled, the service will begin early.