The Memorial Day Program is held on the Sunday immediately before Memorial Day at 2 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Veterans Memorial in the National Cemetery. Traditionally, the theme of the Memorial Service is to honor the lives of the military who died in battle during hostile actions or later as a result injuries suffered during those hostilities. This program is open to the public and there is no charge for parking, shuttle bus service, admission or any hand-outs given to the patrons. A guest speaker from the co-hosting VSO (Veterans Service Organization) offers their oratory, a band will play a few selections of music or a choir will perform several renditions of appropriate songs and wreaths are symbolically placed memorializing those who died in the service of their country.
A Massing of the Colors may also be presented. This Massing of Colors is a parade of US flags and organizational flags that are marched through the PA Veterans Memorial arena before and after the ceremony. Organizations include any VSO, fraternal organizations and Scouting and other youth groups that participate in patriotic events. Groups that are interested in being a part of the Massing of Colors are to contact the Memorial Council for more information.