28 May 2012

Military Monday: Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day set aside nationally for those who gave their lives in service to our country. Today, I would like to take a moment and thank all those who currently serve and those who have served. I would also like to commemorate those who have sacrificed everything for us at home.

Each year the local VFW comes around to the various cemeteries in and around Coatesville (Chester County, PA) and does a nice service and 21 gun salute. This past Sunday was exceptionally nice. The VFW had a nice showing when they came up to Holy Ghost Ukrainian Cemetery and made their way to Ruth Buckle's grave. (For the last few years we have actually chosen a specific vet to have the service done at even though everyone is remembered and appreciated).

We have many veterans in our cemetery. Most served in World War II, like Ruth Buckle. Ruth served in the US Army Nurses Corps during the War. Her husband, Michael Buckle, with whom she is buried next to, also served. He served in the US Navy in the Phillippines.

Each of our veterans has a flag flying at their grave. Many also have some sort of notation on their tombstone as well.

Other veterans buried at Holy Ghost are:
  • Michael Bilinski
  • William Estes
  • John "Jack" Gbur served in the US Army during WWII.
  • Gary Lee Handoe
  • William Hanna was a Tec 5 in the US Army in WWII.
  • Joseph Hoczok served in WWII
  • John M. Kobylanski was a Pvt. in the US Army during WWII.
  • Joseph Kowalski
  • Joseph N. Kuciel
  • My uncle Paul Kurenda. Paulie is my grandmother's younger brother. He died in service.
  • Wayne Lauser served as an Aviation Cadet, Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force.
  • John Lebid served in the US Army as a staff sergeant and medic during WWII. He was in the European Theater and earned a Bronze Star for his service.
  • William Joseph Leveille served in the Marine Corps during WWII.
  • Richard Mace
  • Frank P. Masculli
  • Peter Max served as a Pvt. in the US Army during WWII.
  • Stanley Max
  • Harry Moran
  • Andy Panaski served as a PFC in the US Army in WWII.
  • Michael Panaski served in the US Army in WWII.
  • Joseph Procyson served in WWII.
  • My uncle Paul Ruczhak served in the US Army during WWII. He is one of my grandfather's brother.
  • Joseph Urban
  • Joseph T. Zubyk served in the US Navy during WWII and in Korea as well. He is actually buried at the Rosewood Memorial Park in Virginia Beach, VA.
  • George Zvodar
To those who have passed, we thank you and May Your Memory Be Eternal.

c. 2012
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.