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Mercer Memorial Day 500: A Patriotic Celebration Honoring American Veterans in Mercer County, PA

Mercer County, PA – On Saturday, May 27, 2017, 500 American Flags will be raised throughout the borough of Mercer in preparation for the 15th Annual Mercer Memorial Day 500. The Mercer Memorial Day 500, honoring American Veterans, will be celebrated on Monday, May 29, 2017, from 8:30 a. m. to 1 p.m.

At 8:30 a.m., the celebration will start with the Mercer Memorial Day 500 Freedom Fun Run 5K. Various activities around the Courthouse Square will include the opening ceremony and reception honoring the veterans, a military expo, a prayer service at the old Mercer Graveyard, the music of Brett Allen Morgan, and an impressive parade that culminates in saluting the veterans at the Mercer Citizens Cemetery, three blocks south of the Courthouse on S. Pitt Street.

The 2017 Veteran Honorees are:

Living Honorees:

  • Joseph L. Hood – Specialist 4, U.S. Army/Vietnam War
  • Daniel Evans – Specialist 4, U.S. Army/Vietnam War
  • Carl Heckman – PFC, U.S. Army/WWII

Posthumous Honorees:

  • John R. Ellis – Corporal, U.S. Army/WWII (POW)
  • Jack D. Hedglin – SGT. U.S. Army/Vietnam War
  • Bradley Hedglin – Specialist 4, U.S. Army/Vietnam War

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About Mercer County, PA

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County, PA is home to Grove City Premium Outlets, boutiques, and unique specialty stores for shoppers. The area is also known for wine and brew tours, WaterFire Sharon, PA outdoor adventure, and outstanding golf. Golf Digest ranked Mercer County, PA as one of its top golf destinations. Visitors can dine on mouthwatering cuisine at an array of fine restaurants and then stay overnight in a well-appointed hotel, a luxurious bed and breakfast, or a cozy country inn. Close to Pittsburgh, Erie, Cleveland, and southern Ontario, Canada, Mercer County, PA is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Our County offers the perfect escape. For more information, visit

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