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Miss Northeastern Pennsylvania, Mountaintop’s own Caroline Jones, will also be participating.
Four Mountaintop residents will be honored for their citizenship and service to the community.
The Grand Marshall of the 2014 Parade will be Joan Malkemes who will be honored for a career of outstanding public service. Known to most residents as the Wright Township Secretary/Treasurer, Joan has served in positions of public trust for over 45 years. She is an active volunteer as a member of the Kirby Library Board, and the Mountaintop Free Medical Clinic. She has worked with the Garden Club on projects to beautify the community and also volunteers her time to KISS Theatre.
Honorees Bob and Agnes Rundle will be recognized for a career of community leadership that includes banking, real estate, and volunteer community projects. The Rundles have managed Rundle Real Estate in Mountaintop for 37 years. Bob and Agnes are charter members of Mountain Top on the Move and have remained active members, supporting improvement and development projects.
Honoree Ray Samolis, 88, a World War II veteran, has resided in Mountain Top for 80 years. He was drafted into the U. S. Army at age 18. PFC Samolis served in the Pacific Theatre. In 1945, he served on the island of Iwo Jima when the U. S. dropped two bombs on Japan to end the war. A senior member of the American Legion Post 781, Ray is the longest continuous member with 68 years. He has worked on countless Legion projects and has mentored recently discharged veterans.
Ray is a member of the Fourth of July Parade Honor Guard and has carried the flag and walked the two-mile parade route for the past 27 years.
Invited VIPs include Rep. Gerald Mulllery and Rep. Eddie Day Prushinski and Luzerne County Council members James Bobeck, Linda Houck and Ed Brominski.
At the conclusion of the parade, a patriotic program will be held at the Wright Township Municipal Building where the Parade Grand Marshall and Honorees will be presented with Citizens Awards.
The program will include a flag raising ceremony by the American Legion Post 781, An Introduction to the Constitution read by Col. Roger Schwartz, and Bill of Rights, Guaranteed Rights of the People, by Michael Stair.
Get out your lawn chairs to line the parade route, and wear your patriotic best. The parade and program always make the Fourth of July extra special for the Mountaintop community and this year’s celebration promises to be among the best.