Williams Township residents will hold a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 6 p.m. to honor fallen heroes, living veterans, and service persons on active duty.

The sunset ceremony will be held at the Williams Twp. Municipal Building, 655 Cider Press Rd. in Williams Township.

  • Elaina Reichard Wood, serving with the U.S. Coast Guard, will deliver the address.
  • Carl Oddo, a senior township veteran, will lay a wreath at the base of the memorial to the township’s Fallen Heroes, whose names will be read by John Hogan.
  • Mark Ernst, Williams Township Supervisor, will convey greetings on behalf of the community of Williams.
  • Members of Girl Scout Junior Troop 889 will describe a project showing what Memorial Day means to a Girl Scout (Abigail Sagrestano, Amanda Finnegan, and Marissa Spencer).
  • Michael Bryant, Memorial Committee member, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Elaina Reichard Wood, Avionics Electrical Technician, Second Class Petty Officer (E-5) of the U.S. Coast Guard, began her military career in July 2011. Over the course of the next six years she earned a National Defense Service medal and ribbons as Pistol Sharpshooter, Rifle Marksman, Commandant Letter of Commendation, Good Conduct, and Meritorious Team Commendation. She was awarded Aircrew Wings and qualified as Flight Mechanic as well as recognition for first life saved in 2015. She is the daughter of proud parents, Williams Township residents Margaret and Ronald Reichard, whose son, John Reichard, is Retired Petty Officer 2nd class from the U.S. Coast Guard. Ronald himself was a specialist in the U.S. Army based four years in Hanau, Germany, with the 568thEngineer Company. Moreover, both grandfathers were in the service: Russell Moser was in the U.S. Marines, and the late Raymond Reichard Sr. was in the U.S. Navy.

A Community Recognition Award will be given to Lester Race Sr., life-long township resident, for his outstanding volunteer service in a number of capacities.

Also participating are the Wilson Area High School Band, Boy Scout Troop 31, Girl Scout Junior Troops 889 and 8022 (all troops of Williams Twp.), Pastor Rob Romig of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Williams Township, the honor guard of Marine Corps League/Northampton County Detachment, students from Williams Township Elementary School, members of the Veterans Memorial Committee, and many individual citizens.

The community at large is invited to join this program of recognition. Parking is available at the Williams Township Municipal Building. Attendees are urged to bring their own chairs.