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Mercer Memorial Day 500 Honors Veterans in Mercer County, PA

On Monday, May 28, 2018, see 500 flags, plus hero banners flying proudly in the town of Mercer honoring veterans throughout the region at the 16th Annual Mercer Memorial Day 500.

Six veterans will be honored, three living and three posthumous. The living honorees are Sgt. Clare “Butch” Blair, U.S. Army – Vietnam; Lt. Colonel Larry D. Sheetz, U.S. Army – Iraq / Kuwait / Afghanistan; and Sgt. Debra Thomas, U.S. Army. Posthumous honorees are Sgt. Charles W. Gregg, U.S Army – Vietnam; Sgt. Clifford E. Gregg, Jr., U.S Army – Vietnam / Pacific Basin; and Corporal Forest Daniel Gregg, U.S. Marines – Korean War. The honorees’ biographies can be found on the Mercer Memorial Day 500 website by clicking HERE.

Along with the ceremony for the six honorees, visitors can view a military expo and hear delightful vocals of 1940s music performed by The Victory Belles. A Memorial Day parade on Pitt Street at 11 a.m. leads to the Memorial Day salute ceremony at noon at the Citizen’s Cemetery. For a complete list of events, visit

The tentative schedule of events includes:

  • 8 a.m. – Veteran Breakfast begins
  • 8 a.m. – 5k Registration
  • 8:30 a.m. – 5k Race
  • 9 a.m. – The Victory Belles will sing
  • 9:30 a.m. – Ceremony for six honorees will begin
  • 10 a.m. – Victory Belles perform again
  • 10:30 a.m. – Ceremony at the Old Mercer Graveyard
  • 11 a.m. – Parade begins
  • Noon – Ceremony to follow at Citizens’ Cemetery

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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