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Berks communities recognize Memorial Day

Communities across Berks County took time Monday during a variety of Memorial Day events to honor the American men and women who have lost their lives while serving in the military.

In Shillington, the holiday was recognized with the borough’s annual parade. The event included remarks be retired Army Maj. Gen. John Gronski.

U.S. Army Major General John Gronski was the keynote speaker at Monday's Shillington Memorial Day Parade. (Courtesy of Shillington Memorial Day Parade Committee)
Retired Army Maj. Gen. John Gronski was the keynote speaker at Monday’s Shillington Memorial Day Parade. (Courtesy of Shillington Memorial Day Parade Committee)

Gronski served for over 40 years in the Army and Pennsylvania National Guard at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. His last assignment was as the U.S. Army Europe Deputy Commanding General for the National Guard and before that he served as the commanding general of the 28th Infantry Division.

In 2005 and 2006 he commanded 2nd Brigade 28th Infantry Division, consisting of over 5,000 soldiers and Marines conducting combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq.

In Oley area, the Oley American Legion Post 878 recognized Memorial Day with a pair of ceremonies.

A Memorial Day service was held Monday evening at Frieden's Cemetery in Oley. (Courtesy of Oley American Legion Post 878)
A Memorial Day service Monday evening at Frieden’s Cemetery in Oley featured a 21-gun salute. (Courtesy of Oley American Legion Post 878)

A morning service was held at Spies Church Cemetery in Alsace Township and an evening ceremony was held at Frieden’s Cemetery. Each included 21-gun salutes to honor local military members who lost their lives in service.

A Memorial Day ceremony was held Monday morning at Spies Church Cemetery in Alsace Township. (Courtesy of Oley American Legion Post 878)
A Memorial Day ceremony was held Monday morning at Spies Church Cemetery in Alsace Township. (Courtesy of Oley American Legion Post 878)


Source: Berkshire mont

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