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Parades, services set for Memorial Day weekend in Berks County

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Published On: May 23 2014 02:04:46 PM CDT
Updated On: May 23 2014 02:42:06 PM CDT
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The nation's fallen heroes will be honored at parades and services throughout Berks County this Memorial Day weekend.

Wyomissing:

Wyomissing will present its annual Memorial Day parade and service starting at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.

The parade is set to start and end in the Wyomissing Hills Memorial Park, off Woodland Road. The ceremony will follow.

Christine Dialectos, a borough resident and field representative for the National World War II Memorial, will serve as the parade's grand marshal.

Oley Township:

Oley American Legion Post 878 will hold its parade on Sunday at 6 p.m., starting at the Oley High School and proceeding up Main Street to Frieden's Church cemetery, where a brief service will be held and a 21-gun salute will be fired.

The service's featured speaker will be Brigadier General James M. Lillis, Pennsylvania Air National Guard (Ret.).

In case of rain, the service will be held in the high school auditorium.

Exeter Township:

Exeter American Legion Post 934 will present its 33rd annual Memorial Day parade and service on Monday.

The parade is set to start at 9 a.m. at Exeter High School and make its way to Forest Hills Memorial Park, where a service will begin at 10:30 a.m.

"The parade celebrates the service of the men and women who serve our community and country every day," said Jesse Ritz, the parade's chairman. "The service honors the fallen servicemen and women who lost their lives serving our nation."

Michael Feeney, a veteran of the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars, will deliver the keynote address.

Reading:

The Combined Veterans Council of Berks County will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony in Veterans' Grove in City Park at 9 a.m. Monday.  Admiral Daniel Cooper, U.S. Navy (Ret.), will serve as the guest speaker.

A second ceremony will follow at the Civil War monument in Charles Evans Cemetery at 10:15 a.m. The Reading Philharmonic Band will participate.

Shillington:

American Legion Post 635 will present Shillington's annual Memorial Day parade and service on Monday.

The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Governor Mifflin Middle School parking lot and end at the Fairview Cemetery, where a service will follow.

In the event of rain, the parade will be canceled and the service will be held in the high school auditorium.