Northampton Press

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day services changed for 2020 due to COVID-19

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by Samantha Anderson in Local News


• Northampton Joint Veterans Association is changing its Memorial Day service due to the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Instead of the traditional service at the borough plaza, the veterans groups have decided to do small ceremonies at various cemeteries May 25. The ceremony will include a call to the colors, prayer, “Amazing Grace” rendition, rifle salute and ending with taps.

The program is as follows:

10 a.m.: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church cemetery, 2181 Washington Ave.

10:20 a.m.: St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church cemetery, 1343 Newport Ave.

10:30 a.m.: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church cemetery, 1301 Newport Ave.

10:45 a.m.: Our Lady of Hungary Church cemetery, 1324 Newport Ave.

Friends and family are invited and are asked to abide by the social-distancing guidelines.

• Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War still wanted to honor the veterans, despite the current social distancing and COVID-19 guidelines. Instead of the usual ceremony, traveling to numerous memorials, churches and cemeteries, the group has opted to send a small Color Guard to each location to offer a prayer and a single gun salute.

The program, to be held May 25, is as follows:

8 a.m.: Fairview Cemetery, Cherryville Road, Northampton

8:30 a.m.: Siegfried memorial plot, West 21st Street, Northampton

9 a.m.: Grand Army of the Republic memorial plot, Lincoln and Dewey avenues, Northampton

9:30 a.m.: Allen Union Cemetery, Fourth and Main streets, Northampton

10 a.m.: St. John’s United Church of Christ, 22 Atlas Road, Howertown (cemetery only)

10:30 a.m.: Horner’s Cemetery, 4965 Nor-Bath Blvd., East Allen Township

11 a.m.: St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 8143 Valley View Road, Seemsville (cemetery only)

11:30 a.m.: Emmanuel’s Lutheran Church, 3175 Valley View Drive, Bath (cemetery)

noon: Christ United Church of Christ, Little Moore, 913 S. Mink Road, Danielsville (cemetery)

12:30 a.m.: Zion Stone United Church of Christ, 51 Church Road, Kreidersville (service and cemetery)

• Allen Union Cemetery Association announced the cancellation of its traditional Memorial Day program, involving the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Tri-County Band, a featured speaker and more.


• Fullerton American Legion Post 367 has canceled its Memorial Day service due to COVID-19.

• Jones-Quigg American Legion Post 739, Hokendauqua, is doing private services to honor those veterans who lost their lives in service to the country. Due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, they are not opening the ceremonies to the public.

• Donald S. Reinert Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7293, Egypt, is hosting a livestreamed service 11 a.m. on the Post’s Facebook page. According to Senior Vice Commander Bryan Brandmeir, the virtual service was planned to comply with the social-distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.


• Stanley W. Reinhard Jr. American Legion Post 426 will hold its annual Memorial Day program May 24, beginning noon. The group will be smaller than usual, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, consisting of the rifle and honor squads and a bugler.

The first stop is Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St., where a wreath will be placed at the base of the memorial. Then the group moves to St. Peter Roman Catholic Church cemetery; St. John the Baptist Church cemetery, Stiles; Stiles memorial plaza; Coplay Cemetery; and Coplay veterans plaza.

The group will then move to the Coplay-Northampton Bridge, where a wreath will be tossed into the Lehigh River as a tribute to Navy sailors and others who lost their lives at sea during World War II. This is the first time in two years the ceremony at the bridge could be held due to the construction.

The final stop will be the American Legion hall, 134 S. Second St., for the closing program.


As of press time, there was no information available regarding Catasauqua American Legion Post 215’s plans for Memorial Day services.


• There will be a Time to Remember memorial ceremony, starting 3 p.m. May 25, on the Bethlehem SteelStacks Facebook page. The national anthem and “God Bless America” will be sung by Stacy Gabel, and Lehigh Valley Gold Star Mothers will read the names of Lehigh Valley residents who lost their lives in service to the country.

In addition to the virtual program, there will be more than 130 banners featuring photos of 1,300 Lehigh Valley residents who served in the military displayed on First and Second streets and Founders Way on the SteelStacks campus.

A veterans writing workshop rounds out the events for ArtsQuest’s 10th annual Memorial Day celebration, presented May 24 and 25 by Embassy Bank.