Several local Memorial Day weekend events have been scheduled in Butler and Mercer counties:
• HARRISVILLE – Harrisville American Legion Post 852 is hosting a Memorial Day event on Monday, May 27.
At noon, those who have served will be honored during a ceremony held outside the Legion. The guest speaker is Carl Curtis, a retired Marine past 26th district commander of the American Legion.
A Slippery Rock Middle School student will recite the “Gettysburg Address” and “In Flanders Fields.”
The post’s Honor Guard will also be in attendance, and the Harrisville Community Band will play patriotic songs.
At 1 p.m., the Memorial Day parade will go down Main Street, also known as Route 8.
Participating groups include the Harrisville Community Band, Slippery Rock High School Marching Rockets, title winners of the 2019 Miss Butler County Pageant, the North Washington Rodeo Queen, the Zem Zem Shrine Club, military vehicles, fire trucks, and more.
• LAKEVIEW AREA – The Lakeview Ministerium and Black Funeral Homes present the Lakeview Area Memorial Day Program at 10 a.m Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake. Rain location is Sandy Lake Wesleyan Church.
The guest speaker is Major Gen. Mari K. Eder, who is retired from the U.S. Army. She is a renowned author and thought leader on strategic communication and leadership.
Eder is the former commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve Joint and Special Troops Support Command, former deputy chief of the Army Reserve, and former deputy chief of public affairs for the U.S. Army.
She has served as director of public affairs at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, and worked as an adjunct professor and lecturer in communications and public diplomacy at the NATO School and Sweden’s International Training Command.
Eder is the author of “Leading the Narrative: The Case for Strategic Communication” published by the Naval Institute Press. A novel is pending publication.
• GROVE CITY AREA – American Legion John R. Huff Post 220, Pine Township, is hosting its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Crestview Memorial Park, Pine Township. Further details weren’t immediately available.