Lindley Armed Forces Day Veteran's Memorial Ceremony

A big thank you to the members of the Tioga County ,Pennsylvania Honor Guard for taking time out of their busy Saturday schedules to honor the veterans of the Lindley area . The Honor Guard is composed of members of American Legion Posts from Tioga County ,Pennsylvania. Elmer Huels, a Lindley Veteran of the U.S. Army is a member of the unit. His grandson, Matthew Huels, a high school student, plays Taps for the group.
The ceremomy was held at the Lindley-Presho Veterans monument located in front of the Lindley Town Hall on U.S. Rt.15 on Armed Forces Day May 16th,2009 . Under the direction of President Robert Leyfert, the Honor Guard Presented the Colors and Raised the American and POW flags. President Leyfert then placed a wreath honoring the Veterans by the monument. The Ceremonial Riffle Firing was given by the Honor Guard members followed by Echo Taps with Matthew Huels and Bob Broderick as the Buglars. The Invocation and Benediction were given by the Honor Guard Chaplin, Calvin Cobb. Dick Pierce of Lindley, a former member of the NYS National Guard and U.S.Air Force gave a short speech thanking members of the Armed Forces for their service and sacrifices to their country. Following the ceremony, refreshments were served in the meeting room where pictures of many Lindley Veterans are on display.
Thanks to all who participated . I apologize for not obtaining the names of all the members of the Honor Guard. As one member stated- we hope to see you next year.
Kitty Pierce Lindley Historian

"A bit of history"

Armed Forces Day

  • The purpose of Armed Forces Day is to honor Americans serving in the five services -the Army,Navy, Marines, Air Force and the Coast Guard. > President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31,1949 Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace the separate Army,Navy ,Marine Corp,Coast Guard and Air Force Days. The single celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense. However, the observance of these days for each particular service still continues today.

    Wikipedia Free Encylopedia


    A National Ceremony in May 2007 in National Cemeteries ,State Veteran's Cemeteries and American Battle Monument Commission Cemeteries was created by Les Hampton,a Vietnam Navy veteran and a member of the Corning American Legion-John P. Eaton Post 746 in 2005

    Corning Leader Article (date unknown) -


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