The COVID-19 pandemic could not stop local veterans groups from celebrating Memorial Day.
Jones-Quigg American Legion Post 739, Hokendauqua, held private services to honor those veterans who lost their lives in service to the country. Donald S. Reinert Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7293, Egypt, held a livestreamed service on its Facebook page for those who wanted to pay their respects from the safety of their homes.
Jim and Betty Henderschedt, formerly of Allentown, now independent living residents of Fellowship Community, Whitehall, have been leading an 8 p.m. nightly tribute to the Fellowship staff since March 22.
Residents clap their hands in appreciation of health care workers on the front line.
Pennsylvania State Mayors Association has declared May 3 as Bells Across Pennsylvania Day.
All Pennsylvanians and churches are asked to ring bells for three minutes, one minute each for three purposes, starting 7 p.m.
The first purpose is to recognize and honor first responders, health care workers and employees of grocery stores, pharmacies and other life-sustaining businesses who have maintained essential services while at personal risk to COVID-19.
A nativity scene displayed for decades in front of Coplay Borough Hall has been deemed unconstitutional, prompting borough officials to move the display off government property this past holiday season. Instead, they opted to place the display on the St. Peter Roman Catholic Church grounds, 4 S. Fifth St.
Coplay Town Watch hosted a event July 20 to show appreciation for the borough’s police force.
“I think, in light of what is going on in the country, it is important to tell our police we care and appreciate them,” Coplay Town Watch President Kimberly Fitzpatrick said.
Police Chief Vincent Genovese, a number of Coplay police officers and borough council members joined CTW members who attended the event.
Although the crime rate in Coplay has been descending over the last 15 years, the talk was that an officer is at risk whenever he or she is in uniform.
On May 18, Kimberly Fitzpatrick, the new Coplay Town Watch (CTW) president, held her first meeting with a speaker since she assumed the position in February.
Anna Rodriguez, an American Gold Star Mother (AGSM) member, spoke about her involvement in numerous veteran organizations. Her son, Nicholas, was a combatant in Operation Enduring Freedom as a U.S. Marine. He died March 1, 2011.
An AGSM member is a mother who has lost a son or daughter in war. The designation began shortly after World War I by American Gold Star Mothers Inc.
The seven-time nationally recognized Coplay Town Watch (CTW) has held its first meeting under the leadership of the seventh president, Kimberly Fitzpatrick, in its 20-plus-year history.
Fitzpatrick said she plans to rebuild CTW.
At the meeting, she accepted the resignation of three-year secretary Carol Trinkle.
“We applaud her service to the CTW,” Fitzpatrick said.
She also appointed a vice president, James Danko, who is a longtime volunteer in Coplay.
In other business, the eight standing committees of CTW will continue their work.