Indiantown Gap National Cemetery will host its 42nd annual Memorial Day ceremony in the Pennsylvania Veterans Memorial on Sunday, May 26, starting at 2 p.m. The ceremony is expected to wrap up around 3 p.m.

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The rain-or-shine event, which is co-sponsored by the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Memorial Council and the Catholic War Veterans Department of Pennsylvania, is open to the public. Those who attend to show their respect for the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country are asked to dress for the weather.

The program will include a wreath-laying ceremony as well as a rifle volley, a moment of silence, a performance of Armed Forces Medley and Taps, and speeches.

A rifle volley during the 2021 Memorial Day program at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. (Cheyenne Tobias)

The Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial was reopened in October 2023 following a year-long closure for crucial repairs due to damage from long-term exposure to the elements.

(LebTown file photo by Cheyenne Tobias)

John Spruyt, director of Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, will open the ceremony. Nicholas Taylor, a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army and chairman of the State Veterans Commission, will give the keynote speech. Ashley Wright, chief of strategic communications for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, will deliver special remarks. Dave Brady of the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Memorial Council will be the master of ceremonies.

Cemetery director John Spruyt makes brief remarks during the 15-minute ceremony of the 2021 Memorial Day program at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. (Cheyenne Tobias)

A three-year, 27-acre expansion project is currently ongoing at the cemetery.

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Those who are entering the area from the west should follow the detour sign on Biddle Drive around the post. Parking for the event is located east of Indiantown Gap at the MSC Industrial Supply Co., 100 MSC Drive, Jonestown. Starting at noon, a shuttle bus will run between the event parking area and the cemetery. The cemetery offers limited handicapped parking.

The Avenue of Flags display on the cemetery, which is composed of donated casket flags as well as state, territory, and service flags, will be flown through Veterans Day Week. Casket flags will continue to be accepted until the program starts.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article mistakenly referred to the cemetery as Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. In fact, the fort and the cemetery are separate and report to different government departments. The error was entirely our own and we sincerely regret the mistake.

The Indiantown Gap National Cemetery is run by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More than 60,000 veterans are interred at the cemetery. (LebTown file photo by Cheyenne Tobias)

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