June 21, the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association commemorates Flag Day and classic/antique vehicles at Historic Joanna Furnace, near Morgantown, featuring the annual All American Car Cruise and Flag Day Celebration, paying tribute to area veterans of all conflicts.
CAR CRUISE, RESTORED VEHICLE EXHIBITION
From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 21, Joanna Furnace will host a wide-ranging assortment of classic and antique automobiles, military vehicles, hot rod cars, and motorcycles. Anyone who is a proud owner of a restored vehicle is invited to show his or her pride and joy. Visitors wishing to be Car Cruise participants should plan to bring vehicles between 7 and 9 a. m. There is no vehicle registration fee.
Enjoy the Ironmaster’s Breakfast Buffet served 7 to 11 am. The entire family can savor HCVHA hospitality with the June Breakfast Buffet served in the Mule Stable.
The homemade buffet includes fresh country sausage, bacon, scrapple, dried beef gravy, scrambled eggs, pancakes, waffles with fruit topping, home-style potatoes, fruit, toast, coffee, tea, and juice. There is a charge.
Chicken BBQ Noon – 2 p.m. Tickets for the BBQ are required. Call the Hay Creek Office to reserve your chicken BBQ – 610-286-0388. Dinner includes ½ chicken, homemade baked beans, potato, seasonal fruit or vegetable, roll & butter, and beverage. There is a charge. Eat in or take out
For visitors arriving after breakfast hours— Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream and cool beverages will be available from 10 a.m. – 3 pm.
Shop in the Hay Creek Flea Market filled with antiques and vintage items, crafts, household items, tools, books, and kids’ clothing. This month the flea market stands will be set up in the Food Court area. For those interested in selling contact Kathleen Rhode at 610-914-8152. There is no charge Hay Creek Members to participate in the Flea Market. Set-up starts after 6 am on the day of the event and is first-come, first served
SALUTE THE VETERANS – SPEAKERS AND OTHER EVENTS
Boy Scout Troop #595 of Birdsboro will perform Flag Raising and Flag Lowering ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. “The National Anthem” will be sung by Phyllis Hummel at 9 a.m. with her rendition of “God Bless America” performed at noon.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. visitors will be able to hear veterans give on-stage presentations and also meet area veterans one-on-one, as they tell stories about their war time experiences. Families will be able to interact with them, ask questions and thank them for their service.
Veterans Speakers on stage will include: 9:10 a.m. Bob Huber – WWII army veteran who served in the European Theater Operation (Battle of the Bulge), 10:05 a.m. Speaker -- George Moore -- WWII Army Engineer who served in the European Theater Operation (Battle of the Bulge), 11 a.m. Representative Mark Gillen – Will speak about his father’s WWII service, 11:30 a.m. Doug Graybill – United States Marine Core Veteran who served in Vietnam (Tunnel Rat) , Beirut (Lebanon), and Grenada, 12:05 p.m. Elizabeth Graybill – Veterans Administration Information, 12:30 p.m. Speaker -- Bob Withers – WWII Navy, received Purple Heart, 1:30 p.m. John Fleming (WWII Battle of the Bulge army veteran) with Gisela Withers.
Meet a Vet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the Veteran Tent area behind the main event stage visitors can see Veteran displays and hear Veterans talk about their War experiences.
Other military events include:
11:20 a.m. Veterans in Review – wagon ride with motorcycle escort- start at stage
1 to 1:30 pm – Review of Military Vehicles (WWII, Korean War, & Vietnam War era vehicles) – Greater Pennsylvania Military Vehicle Historical Society.
At 2:05 p.m. the day ends with the solemn American Flag Retirement Ceremony. Visitors and participants are invited to bring old worn out American flags to be retired during the ceremony by veterans of the Joanna Legion Post #537. Flags should be turned in at the stage.
JUNE JOANNA FURNACE HISTORIC SITE EVENTS
9:05 a.m. – 11 a.m. –Visit Vintage Machines at Mechanical Technology Building. Also see how logs are cut into lumber and structural beams in demonstrations at the Saw Mill in the Engine Area.
10:30 to 11 a.m. Bucket Brigade – All kids are invited to take part in an old fashion bucket brigade featuring a 1916 fire truck owned by Hay Creek member and WWII Veteran John Fleming.
Visit www.haycreek.org , email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-286-0388.
The Historic Joanna Furnace site is located three miles north of Morgantown, on Route 10. Turn at Furnace Road. Admission and parking are free for these monthly Saturday events.