Veterans' honors, concerts May 25-27 at SteelStacks Memorial Day weekend
A Memorial Day Celebration sponsored by Embassy Bank will be presented 3 - 8 p.m. May 25 - 27, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
"Our Hometown Heroes" display features more than 280 images of local veterans and active military persons.
"A Time to Remember" memorial service, 6 p.m. May 27, includes a moment of silence; the National Anthem sung by Allie Santos, a graduate of Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts; and the reading of the names of local servicemen and women who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The National Museum of Industrial History will present the last piece of Class A armor made in the United States. The armor, a test piece for the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal, was made at Bethlehem Steel in 1953 and is on loan from the U.S. Navy. Class A armor is distinguished because of its hard outer face that helped break up projectiles.
Also participating in the celebration is The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers, the national organization dedicated to assisting soldiers deployed overseas and their families; Gold Star Mothers, the national organization of mothers who have lost their son or daughter in the service of our country; Horses 4-Hope, the nonprofit that provides free equine therapy to members of the military and others; and Stars for our Troops, which will be collecting retired American flags, removing the stars and then sending them to servicemen with care packages.
Embassy Bank President-CEO Dave Lobach finds the SteelStacks location particularly meaningful for a Memorial Day celebration.
"For decades, Bethlehem Steel was known as the 'arsenal of democracy' for its output of steel that helped win two World Wars," said Lobach, a local native who grew up when the Steel was a major employer and defined the proud blue-collar work ethic of the Lehigh Valley region.
"Embassy Bank feels strongly that this is an appropriate site to honor those who continue to protect democracy today and we're extremely proud to be a part of this remembrance," Lobach said.
Free concerts include:
3 - 4:30 p.m., Steve Brosky and His Lil' Big Band
5 - 6:30 p.m., Mike Dugan
3 - 4:30 p.m., Skunk Mellow
5 - 6:30 p.m., Tavern Tan
3 - 5 p.m., Billy Bauer
The Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks 2013 free summer concert series presented by Highmark Blue Shield, at 7 p.m., includes:
May 24, Sofa Kings
May 25, Poco, Pure Prairie League
May 26, Lake Street Dive
May 27, The Night-hawks