More than 60 area students spent the better part of two hours getting one Taylor cemetery ready for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday on Tuesday, May 18.
It's a tradition that's been around for a decade and is under the direction Riverside Elementary teacher Shawn Murphy.
"These students get an appreciation of the soldiers who fought for their freedoms," he said, watching his students spruce up neglected headstones with flowers. "They also get an idea of how the community developed."
The graves include some of Taylor's earliest settlers, dating back to 1834.
Murphy's students also provide the community with an annual reenactment of Taylor Borough's history in a play during the week leading up to the Memorial Day weekend.
The fourth-grade students take on the role of community leaders, wear historical costumes and present act out the play at inside of a small church located in the Taylor Memorial Cemetery on South Main Street.
Charity Softball Tournament
Beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Miles Street Community Park in Old Forge, a charity softball tournament will be held to benefit area families in need through the Joe Revello Memorial Fund. In its fifth year, the event will also feature homemade food and pizza.
The annual Memorial Day parade, sponsored by Taylor Post No. 306, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31. The starting point will be at Taylor Hose Co. No. 1, 600 Union St. Participating groups should arrive by 9 a.m. The parade route will travel down Union Street to Main Street then continue to the Taylor Community Center, 700 S. Main St.
Brief ceremonies will be held at the Taylor Municipal Building, Taylor Memorial Cemetery and the closing ceremony will be held at the Taylor Community Center.
Old Forge Parade
The borough's annual parade, sponsored by the Old Forge VFW and American Legion will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 31. The starting point is the corner of Main and Grace streets. Participants should arrive by 9:30 a.m. The parade will travel down Main Street to Moosic Road.
A ceremony will be held at the Old Forge Cemetery.