A large crowd attended Edward H. Ackerman American Legion Post 397’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Union Cemetery of Hellertown Sunday afternoon.
Guest speakers included Hellertown Mayor Richard Fluck and State Rep. Bob Freeman (D-136), who commented on the impressive attendance, which he called the largest he’s seen.
Many veterans were present for the moving service, which included remembrances of those who in wartime made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms Americans hold dear.
One of the highlights of the service was the laying of floral wreaths by members of the Legion’s women’s auxiliary unit, headed by Verna Wambold.
Wambold announced during the service that she is stepping down from the presidency, but said she will remain active in the auxiliary.
Music at the ceremony was performed by members of the Saucon Valley High School band–as well as a lone bagpiper–and several students read from historic texts such as the Gettysburg Address.
American Legion Post 397 Commander Geoff Baer presided over the ceremony.
Photos by Josh Popichak