Charlie Frey, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Spry, pushes a corps flag into the ground as the Dallastown American Legion Post 605 veterans and National
Charlie Frey, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Spry, pushes a corps flag into the ground as the Dallastown American Legion Post 605 veterans and National Junior Honors Society students from Dallastown Middle School placed nearly 2,700 flags on graves at Susquehanna Memorial Gardens on Thursday. (John A. Pavoncello — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

On Memorial Day, the York County will salute the veterans who put their lives in jeopardy to serve their country.

The York County Memorial Day Ceremony is at 11 a.m. Monday at Veterans Memorial Park at 941 Vander Avenue in York City.

"This is quite a moving event," said Phillip Palandro, director of the county's Department of Veterans Affairs. "We (want) to just let veterans know that we have not forgotten them, nor will we ever forget them for what they've done for us."

More than 200 people attend annual event in recognition of all local military veterans, he said.

"We do this (event) to remind everybody that if it wasn't for veterans who were willing to lay down their lives and sacrifice themselves, we wouldn't have the things we have today and enjoy the freedoms that we do," Palandro said.

The ceremony is presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the York County Commissioners.

The keynote speaker is State Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City. He said that besides honoring local veterans, he will encourage the community to remember the sacrifices made by families of fallen soldiers, veterans, and of men and women who are serving in the U.S. military now.

"And we can't forget the soldiers coming back to the homefront," Schreiber added. "They need education, health care and jobs. They need help with integrating back into civilian life, help with post traumatic stress disorder. They made sacrifices for us, so we can't forget about them when they come home."


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Monday's ceremony features the placing of wreaths on a memorial for deceased York County veterans and as a salute to all U.S. veterans. The ceremony includes the playing of Taps by Wes Snyder of York and the firing of the volley.

The William Penn Senior High School JROTC program will post colors for the event, while the York County Veterans Honor Guard will be the rifle detail, he said.

"This event is an important tradition for York County," Palandro said. "We take great pride in recognizing the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for their selfless commitment to our freedom."

— Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.