Veterans honored at Joanna Furnace Flag Day Celebration and All American Car Cruise

Scenes from the All American Cruise and Flag Day Celebration at Joanna Furnace June 21. WWII display by veteran.
Veterans in Review at the All American Cruise and Flag Day Celebration on June 21.

U.S. Veterans were honored at Joanna Furnace Flag Day Celebration and All American Car Cruise June 21 as one of Hay Creek Valley Historical Associationís monthly events designed to have visitors learn about specific aspects of Joanna Furnace and the people of the entire Hay Creek Valley.

Fifty veterans started their morning with a free breakfast sponsored by individuals from the community, their way of saying thank-you! ďMet A VetĒ opportunities were extended through-out the day in displays, one on one conversations and speeches about war experiences during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

Hometown pride and family patriotism was exhibited when Ben Fleming, currently serving in Afghanistan, was introduced by his grandfather, John Fleming, a WWII Army veteran.

Rep. Mark Gillen made a rousing speech, reminding us to never forget this generation and what they fought for and those freedoms they secured for all of us!

A motorcycle escort of the Veterans in Review followed to the applause of the crowd.

The family event had classic autos, military vehicles and motor cycles lining the creek for all to admire. As the day continued there were vintage machine and sawmill demonstrations, flea market booths and picnic foods to enjoy.

Boy Scout Troop #595 of Birdsboro did the honors of flag raising and lowering. Joanna Legion Post #537 finished the day with a flag retirement ceremony. It was a Star Spangled Day.