Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Ashland Honors World War II Veteran During Memorial Day Parade and Service

On Monday, the Ashland American Legion Post 434 hosted the borough's Memorial Day Parade and Service.

The parade began just before 11:00am and travelled down Walnut Street to St. Borromeo's Church with the Ashland Police, Ashland Fire Department, and North Schuylkill Marching Band participating.  

The Grand Marshall for this year's parade was Stanley Pogash, a 97 year old World War II veteran who resides in the borough.

Ashland Fire Chief Philip Groody was Master of Ceremonies for the Service where over 100 people attended.

Pastor Dan Pocavage offered the Invocation and Benediction.  Nevaida Rau sun the Star Spangled Banner as well as God Bless America.

Incoming District 13 Legion Commander Harry Haus presented Stanley Pogash with a special plaque for his service.

Legion 434 Adjutant Fred Klock introduced his son Kenneth F. L. Klock of the United States Army Space Command who was the service's Key-Note Speaker.  Prior to Klock speaking, Ashland Mayor Ray Walacavage read a special proclamation from the borough in his honor.

An honor guard of Legion Members held a rifle salute to end the service.