ASHLEY — The schedule and lineup for the 136th annual Ashley Memorial Day parade has been announced for 9 a.m. May 28 along Main Street.
A parade flyover will take place at 9:15 a.m. According to a press release from the borough, the parade is considered one of the oldest in the country.
Monsignor Thomas M. Muldowney will be the guest speaker. Muldowney serves as chaplain for the Pennsylvania State Police, a position he has held since 2005. Previously, he was a chaplain for the U.S Navy Reserves. He is also a vicar general and moderator of the curia, the highest office position in the diocese after the diocesan bishop.
The Memorial Day Association includes president Thomas E. McGovern, treasurer Michael Collins, secretary Stacy McGovern; parade marshal Rick Oravic; and parade aides Charles Coleman, James Fitzmaurice, Sheldon Hannis, Richard Powell, Joseph Kordeck, Oravic, and Collins.
The following roads will be closed to parking from 8 a.m. until the parade passes: South Main Street, North Main Street to Mary Street, Mary Street to Brown Street, Brown Street to Ashley Street, and Ashley Street to Firemen’s Park.
The parade lineup includes four units.
• Unit 1, on Cook Street, includes the following: Ashley Police Department, Ashley American Legion Post 673, American Legion Post 781, Irem Temple Band, Strutters and Clowns, Irem Temple Motor Corporation, president Thomas McGovern, Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department, Ashley Mayor Don Sipple, Catholic War Veterans Post 274, Korean War Veterans, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Wyoming Valley Pipe and Drum Band, Ashley Firemen, Ashley Ambulance, Hanover Area High School cheerleaders and Hanover Area student council.
•Unit 2, on Fall Street: Sugar Notch Police Department and Mayor William Davis, Veterans of Vietnam War, Post 56 Color Guard, 109th Field Artillery Battery, Emerald Isle Irish Dancers, Monsignor Muldowney, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, Wilkes-Barre Township Mayor Karl Kuren, the Rev. Rebecca Tanner, the family of Eugene Tomczak, St. Leo’s Knights of Columbus, Huber Breaker Preservation Society and Coalville Lodge 474, F&AM.
•Unit 3, on Coalville Street: Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard, Kerry Dancers, Korean War Veterans of Wyoming Valley, Ashley Lions Club, Area Girl Scouts (32811, 32817, 32524, 30307), Daisy Troop 2280 of Warrior Run, Hanover Area Boy Scouts, Cannon, classic cars, and America’s Choice.
•Unit 4, on Rutz Street: Crestwood High School Marching Band, Hanover Area Boys/Girls Little League, Knights of Columbus 12814 of Sugar Notch, The Antique Classic Boat Society Inc., Warrior Run soccer teams, Hanover Township Fire Department, Sugar Notch Fire Department, trans med-ambulances, American Legion riders, motorcycles, and Preston Fire Department.