This page revised May 11,2014
Welcome to our Home Page and the Avenue of Flags Page
The June 2013 - June 2014 elected officers of the Corporation are:
President Leanna Dietrich
Vice President Tom Hazlett
Secretary Tony Flaynik
Treasurer Allen Ferguson
The Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Memorial Council, Inc. meets regularly on the second Saturday of each month at the Administration Building in the Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. The JUNE meeting is the ANNUAL MEETING and it is that meeting where the officers of the Corporation are elected by majority vote of those members present. There are no regularly scheduled meetings in JULY and AUGUST.
The Memorial Council is the volunteer arm for this National Cemetery and has 4 major programs it executes each year at this National Cemetery.
The "Avenue of Flags" is a presentation of over 525 interment flags on flagstaffs that line most of the lanes in this National Cemetery. The interment flags are donated by families whose relatives were entitled to military honors at their funeral and the memorial flag (the interment/casket flag) was then donated by the family to this National Cemetery for use on the Avenue of Flags. The presentation is set up the first Saturday in May and is taken down one or two weekends after Veterans Day in November. This program enlists the aid of over 180 volunteers to maintain the integrity of the presentation. Volunteer inspection teams inspect the flags of the presentation every weekend during the six and a half months the flags fly and when an interment flag is found to be unserviceable, it is removed from the flagstaff and a new flag is put up in its place.
The Memorial Day Program is held on the Sunday immediately before Memorial Day at 2 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Veterans Memorial in the cemetery. This program is open to the public and there is no charge for parking, shuttle bus service, admission or any hand-outs given to the patrons. A guest speaker from the co-hosting VSO (Veterans Service Organization) offers their oratory, a live military band will play appropriate selections and wreaths are symbolically placed memorializing those who died in the service of their country. A Massing of the Colors is also presented. This Massing is a parade of US flags and organizational flags that are marched through the Veterans Memorial arena before and after the ceremony.The Veterans Day Program is held on the Sunday immediately before November 11th, Veterans Day, unless the 11th is a Sunday, then the program is held on that date. This program follows the same time, place and services provided as the Memorial Day Program except the theme is to honor the living veteran. A Massing of the Colors is also presented at this event.
The Holiday Candlelight Service Program is held on the second Saturday of December. This program starts at 4:30 p.m. in the Pennsylvania Veterans Memorial. Chemical glow sticks are used in this program in place of lighted wax candles and will be distributed free of charge to the patrons. During the program, the patrons are invited to step up to the microphone to offer a brief remembrance of a loved one who served in the military. The program also features a Color Guard that perform the flag honors and a local choir that will sing a few appropriate selections. The weather in December is cold and sometimes windy and patrons are advised to dress appropriately as the Chem-Sticks do not offer any warmth.
For the Memorial Day and the Veterans Day programs, the attendance keeps growing each year (an average of 1800+ in 2011) and general parking is provided at a very large parking lot located on the Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation. Patrons should drive past the cemetery and onto the base, watching for large yellow signs that will indicate the locate of the parking lot. Once there, please board a free shuttle-bus to get from the lot to the Pennsylvania Veterans Memorial and back to the lot after the ceremonies are completed. There is no charge for parking or the shuttle-bus.
For the Candlelight Services in December there is usually enough parking available in the parking lot adjacent to the Pennsylvania Veterans Memorial in the National Cemetery to handle the small, but also growing crowd of patrons that attend. (150+ in 2011)
While attending any event, or even if you are just visiting the cemetery, patrons are reminded not to park on the grass or to allow the curb-side tires of their vehicle to be on the grass. The tires crush the fragile grass and causes ruts that will require extensive repairing by the National Cemetery Grounds Crew.
Visitors to this National Cemetery are reminded that pets and weapons (licensed or not) are not permitted on the property. Certified service animals are not considered pets.
For complete information about the "AVENUE OF FLAGS" project, donating interment flags to the National Cemetery for use on the Avenue of Flags or for helping as a volunteer on the Avenue of Flags, please go to http://bobsmith784.webs.com/ At that website, you will find the information you need about the Avenue of Flags.
The Bob Smith Detachment #784 is the local Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Inc. The Marine Corps League is a Veterans Service Organization chartered by Congress. The Bob Smith Detachment, located in Hummelstown, PA, maintains a website and has a page dedicated to this National Cemetery and its projects and programs. It also has some of the same pictures, but this website has the captions attached.
A special "Thank You" to the Army National Guard Drill Sergeant for taking all these great pictures of his National Guardsmen during their valued assistance in October 2010 during one of the weekend inspections. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
This is the in-laid tile inscription in the center of the Pennsylvania Veteran Memorial arena:
In Perpetual Remembrance, they still march but their footsteps make no sound, they still serve but do not answer when their name is called. They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them, nor the years concern, at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.
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