Claysburg PAST seeks stories for veterans’ patriotic program

CLAYSBURG — Claysburg Preserving Artifacts, Stories and Traditions recently began working on a program focusing on local veterans’ stories, photos, videos and patriotic music.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Claysburg-Kimmel High School auditorium. Admission will be free to all students 18 and younger and $5 for all others.

John and Elaine Smith are working on the veterans’ stories, photos and videos, and Danny Crist is in charge of the musical direction of the Claysburg Community Chorus.

The 21/2-hour show will include heroic stories, as well as informational and funny stories related to the military and local people. Individual stories ranging from one to four minutes will be considered with approximately 12 of them included in the show.

Various slide and video shows will also give a glimpse into the past of the military life and the stories of the local veterans. There will also be exhibits. Patriotic songs will feature different periods including Civil War, World War I and World War II.

The show will recognize the Blair County Veterans Honor Guard for its dedication to honoring the memory of veterans at funeral services.

If you have a story about a relative, friend or about yourself, either funny, sad or informative, Claysburg PAST would like to hear it. Email information to or call 937-3397.

The deadline for stories, photos, etc., is Sept. 1.

The Community Chorus will begin practicing in the fall. Anyone interested in joining the chorus can contact Crist at or 239-5566.