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Thank you for support of annual veterans parade

To the editor:

The Mifflin County Commissioners would like to extend thanks to everyone who participated in, or attended, our fourth annual Veterans Parade on Nov. 7. We are grateful that the rain stopped 45 minutes before the parade stepped off at 6:30 p.m.

First, we would like to acknowledge the fine work of our parade committee: Christine DeArment, Director of Veterans Affairs; Emily Price, Veterans Affairs clerk; Deb Bargo, Mayor of Lewistown; and U.S. Army veteran Tim Mateer. A special thanks goes out to The Sentinel for providing excellent pre-parade coverage for our event.

Our parade judges deserve commendation as well. Special thanks go out to Kay Hamilton, Jim Zubler and MERF Radio’s Tom Laub for serving in that capacity.

Following the parade, a special program was presented in the courtroom of the Historic Courthouse. Frank Jost was our master of ceremonies for the event, and we were pleased to have Colonel Pamela Lawson serve as the featured speaker. Mifflin County High School band member John Haubrick played our national anthem, as well as taps. We are also quite thankful that Pastors Randy Hughes, Randy Traxler and Chris Lutz offered their thoughts and prayers during our event.

We extend thanks to the Mifflin County High School Key Club for serving refreshments in the Historic Courthouse following the parade, as well as to the following for their major support on parade night: HHC 2D BN 112 CH IN of the Lewistown Armory; Vietnam Veterans Of America Chapter 791; Mifflin County Sheriff’s Office; and Darla Rickert (Family Assistance Career Specialist – Pa. National Guard).

Also playing a key role on parade night were Matt Moore (sound system) and the Mifflin County Maintenance Department staff headed by Lonnie Griffith.

Every good parade needs a band, and we thank director Art Belfiore and the award-winning MCHS marching band for participating in our event. We are very thankful that the band personnel were able to add the event to their busy schedule, as other school events were going on during that evening.

We need to acknowledge the three winners in our parade. First place honors went to Cub Scout Pack 115. Second place was captured by Lewistown Elks Lodge 663, while Barnabas Brothers-St John’s Lutheran Church Men’s Group of Lewistown claimed third place honors.

In looking ahead to 2020, the commissioners and the committee welcome input from area residents as to whether the parade should be continued (attendance has been low) or if all future efforts should go toward hosting an expanded indoor ceremony which includes county and state officials and a musical program in recognition of our veterans for their duty and everything they have done for our nation.

Kevin Kodish,

Steve Dunkle and Rob Postal

Mifflin County Commissioners

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