St. George Veterans
by Fr. Rodney Torbic
as appeared in the American Srbrobran - July 3, 2002
CARMICHAELS PA - Whenever memorial Day approaches, the men and women who have served nobly in the military are on the minds of people in America. The St. George Church has a proportionately high number of parishioners serve in the United States military.
On Sunday, May 26, prayers were offered for the health and well-being of the living veterans and the men serving actively in the armed forces at the present time. Prayers also were offered for the repose of the souls of the veterans who have departed this life. Forty-one veterans are buried on the grounds of the St. George Church.
When World War II veteran Pete Smargie arranged for the acquisition of new flags to be placed on the graves of departed veterans prior to memorial Day. Mr. Smargie is a well-known figure in the area for his work with veterans affairs. U.S. Marine veteran Rick Rodavich, caretaker of St. George Cemetary, placed the flags on the graves.
St. George Choir member and frequent Epistle reader Gerald Milosevich is a veteran. Gerald Milosevich's brother and business partner Grover Milosevich is also a veteran. The Milosevich brothers served on the St. George Parish Executive Board for many years.
Carmichaels businessman Milosh "Serb" Krewasky is a veteran who regularly takes pictures of events at the St. George Church and is well known for overseeing the lamb roasting for St. George picnics. Mr. Krewasky has served on the Parish Executive Board.
Richard and Dustin Menhart and David Rogish are currently on active duty. These three men have direct connections to the St. George Church and their well-being is prayed for consistently.
Stanley Skorich was a pilot in World War II. Melvin Dragich has deep roots in St. George Church and is among the current veterans attending church. Eli Matovich, Eli Standish, Pete Krivosky, Pete Rantovich, Joe Hunchuk and Swetko Davidovich served in the United States military and are parishiners of the St. George Church.
Veteran Lou Zorman, after serving in the military, went on to a distinquished career with the federal government, serving as a correctional officer at the federal facility in Morgantown, West Virginia.
When Memorial Day approaches each year, the St. George parishioners have much to remember.