PUNXSUTAWNEY â A violent storm the evening before spared Punxsutawney its wrath during Memorial Day, as veterans and citizens gathered in Barclay Square to honor those in the armed forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Also, during the annual Memorial Day parade, a handful of local veterans â in tribute to their service to their country â took part in the parade aboard two authentic World War II vehicles.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It wasn't a tornado, but it was as close as you could get when a storm with wind gusts clocking in at over 60 mph blew through Jefferson County around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, ripping trees right out of the ground and taking power, cable television and phone lines down with it.
"This storm was spread throughout Jefferson County, and the wind was definitely up to 60 mph," said Charlie Hoeh, Punxsutawney Emergency Management coordinator.
BIG RUN â The featured speaker for the Big Run Memorial Day service at Fairview Cemetery had a very personal experience when it comes to remembering those who lost their lives while fighting to protect freedom around the world.
"I have spent the majority of my life with young people," said Ron Ploucha, a retired math teacher, member of the Inner Circle and the Elks.
Ploucha said he grew up in the 1950s and early 60s.
"If you wonder what life was like back then, just watch a few episodes of âLeave It To Beaver,â" he said. "Life was simple and carefree, or so I thought."