People from all across Cumberland County and the mid-state will pause this Memorial Day season to reflect upon the sacrifices made by those who have lost their lives in America’s wars. The commemorations range from traditional parades and memorial services to a mass motorcycle ride heading to a national cemetery. Here is a list of some local and regional events that begin this Wednesday. Wednesday, May 16 Shippensburg: The Shippensburg Veterans Council will hold a service at the Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, 135 Middle Spring Road, starting at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by the Shippensburg Town Band. Sunday, May 20 East Pennsboro Township: The annual parade is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. It will form at Pine Street and South Enola Drive and proceed down Pine Street to the Legion Wall of Honor for a brief memorial service starting at 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be from the Pennsylvania National Guard. There will also be music by the East Pennsboro High School Marching Band along with a traditional 21-gun salute. Those wishing to participate may call the township recreation department at 909-5630. There is no rain date scheduled for the parade. In case of rain, the service will still be held at 3 p.m. in the banquet room of the American Legion. The event is being organized by the township recreation board, American Legion Post 751 and the Sons of the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary. Newburg: The Newburg Area Veterans Council will hold its annual Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. on the Village Green of the town square. A cemetery service will take place at the cemetery on Exchange Street at 1:15 p.m. The annual parade will form at 1:30 p.m. at the Newburg United Methodist Church, 203 N. High St., and then move through town promptly at 2 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the Newburg Community Memorial Service will be held at the church. The guest speaker is David H. Rhone, a World War II veteran. West Pennsboro Township: The township Recreation Advisory Council will be hosting its first annual Memorial Day Celebration Event at the Veteran’s Memorial in the township park, 30 Park Road, Plainfield, starting at 3 p.m. The celebration will include an appearance by the Special Forces Association Chapter 64, the Randall Shughart Memorial Chapter. Retired Marine Major Chris Lovell will be the guest speaker. Those wishing to attend the ceremony should bring their own chairs. Saturday, May 26 Newport: Motorcyclists, veterans, family and friends are invited to participate in a Memorial Ride to the Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Those interested are being asked to meet behind the gas pumps of the Giant Plaza in Newport at 10 a.m. where the group will leave for the parking area of the Fort Hunter Park in Harrisburg. From there, the group will leave at 11 a.m. to arrive at the cemetery by noon for a short ceremony that will include memorial addresses and the playing of Taps. Walnut Bottom: The Walnut Bottom Community Memorial Parade will be held Saturday, May 26 at 6 p.m. The parade forms at Route 174/Walnut Bottom Road near Kartunes at the eastern end of Walnut Bottom and disbands at the South Newton Township Volunteer Fire Co. firehouse on Firehouse Road. There will also be a chicken barbecue to benefit Trinity Church Trustees at Trinity Fellowship Church, 110 W. Main St., from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone interested in the barbecue should make advance reservations with Dave Evelhoch at 422-8907 or 532-7465. Sunday, May 27 Shippensburg: The Shippensburg Veterans Council will hold a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. at the Ridge Church of the Brethren, 1095 Ridge Road and another service at 2:45 p.m. at the Mongul Church, 4162 Roxbury Road. Memorial Day Camp Hill: American Legion Post 43 will hold a parade starting at 9:30 a.m. followed by a service at 10:45 a.m. at the Camp Hill Cemetery behind the fire hall at 2145 Walnut St. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Camp Hill Borough Building, 2145 Walnut St. The guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. Gerald E. Otterbein. Carlisle: The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle will hold the annual parade forming at 8:30 a.m. and starting at 9 a.m. with services to follow at the Veterans’ Memorial Courtyard at 9:45 a.m. on the Square. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled and ceremonies will be held in the Old Courthouse. The guest speaker will be State Rep. Stephen Bloom, R-199. There will be a special tribute this year honoring the veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Carlisle: American Legion Post 826 will hold a memorial service at the Lincoln Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. The Cumberland County Honor Guard will provide a firing detail. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the post building, 148 W. Penn St. The guest speaker will be Army War College student Lt. Col. Eric P. Flowers. Mechanicsburg: The Mechanicsburg Area Veterans Council will hold a parade starting at 10 a.m. followed by a ceremony at the Mechanicsburg Cemetery on Marble Street at 11 a.m. The parade will form at 9;15 a.m. on Keller Street between Filbert Street and Shepherdstown Road and will end at the cemetery. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the American Legion Post 109, 224 W. Main St., in Mechanicsburg. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Frederick W. Lovelace. Mechanicsburg: The Vietnam Veterans of Mechanicsburg will hold a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Colored Cemetery off Winding Hill Road. The service will be conducted rain or shine. Newville: The Joint Veterans Council of Newville will hold a parade starting at 1 p.m. with services to immediately follow at the Veterans Memorial at the Fountain. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled and the Memorial Day service will be held at the Big Spring Event and Activity Center, 2 Chestnut St. The guest speaker will be retired Lt. Col. Todd Wheeler. The council asks that any veterans who wish to attend the parade contact council chairman Pat Reed at 776-7825. The council is looking for groups, floats and individuals who may wish to participate in the parade. Antique and classic automobiles are welcome. Shippensburg: The Shippensburg Veterans Council will hold the annual Memorial Day ceremonies and parade starting at 10 a.m. at Locust Grove Cemetery, followed by services at Spring Hill Cemetery at 11 a.m. and a flag raising ceremony at Shippensburg Veterans Memorial Park at noon. At 1:15 p.m., the Navy Marine Memorial services will be conducted at Branch Bridge on King Street. The parade will start at 2 p.m. from the corner of King and Prince streets. In the event of inclement weather, each unit returns to the post involved for refreshments. Sunday, June 3 West Fairview: American Legion Post 984 will host a parade and service starting at 1 p.m. at the post, 611 Third St., Enola. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled, but the service will continue to be held at the post.