Memorial Day in Blacklick
Valley this year was commemorated with ceremonies at several locations. Above,
at the war memorial just below the old high school on Chestnut Street, Nanty Glo,
veterans Joseph Kasecky, left, and Richard Ondriezek, center, ceremony organizers,
are joined in full dress uniform by Arthur Price, 91-year-old Marine Corps veteran,
right. Price served Nanty Glo for many years as mayor and, before that, a councilman.
Kasecky, 83, is a World War II Army veteran and was a member of the D-Day invasion
force, fought at Utah Beach, and later under Gen. George Patton. "I've been honoring
my comrades here for 58 years," he said. He was seriously wounded and spent many
months in the hospital.
79, a veteran of World War II service with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater,
where he was a medical corpsman at Evacuation Hospital # 1 on the island of Iwo
Jima. "We sent 3,700 wounded men off Iwo Jima," he said. He himself was wounded,
but not seriously, on the ankle. "I've been serving as Nanty Glo VFW chaplain
for 50 years," he told the Home Page reporter. Price made a small speech.
crowd of 20 to 25 gathered for the 11 a.m. service at the Veteran's Park under
sunny skies and summerlike temperatures. Several other speakers gave patriotic
speeches of five to 10 minutes. A memorial wreath (shown below left) was placed
at the memorial by Lillian Bober, local Gold Star Mother. (A Gold Star mother
is one who lost a child in combat) Taps were played hauntingly in the distance
and there was a gun salute.
Township, veterans conducted a small parade and ceremonies in Belsano.