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Click the links in the boxes below for information about the 2017 Mercer Memorial Day 500. New information will be added as it is received.
UNIQUE WWII PHOTOS FROM AUGUST 1945

On Monday, May 29, 2017 photos of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be displayed at the 15th annual Mercer Memorial Day 500.  They will be exhibited from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the former Ben Bissett Chevrolet building across from the Mercer Borough office on North Pitt Street.  The photos are the collection of Mercer historian, Jerry Johnson, who was part of the 9th Photographic Technical Squadron which developed the pictures while stationed in Guam in August, 1945.  Only 20 sets were developed, and Johnson does not know how many are still in existence.  Johnson will be available to answer questions about the photos before the parade between 10:00am and 11:00am as part of the annual event honoring Mercer County veterans.  This will be the last time Johnson will display the photographs in this area.  After the parade and ceremony at Mercer Citizens Cemetery, Johnson will present the photographs to Lt. Colonel Diane Hickey as a donation to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.
Watch a Brief Video About the MMD 500

CLICK HERE
This page was last updated: May 25, 2017
Back Again in 2017!
BRETT ALLEN MORGAN - IN CONCERT
Learn more about Brett - CLICK HERE
See Brett's "Real Heroes Tour 2016" promo video - CLICK HERE

MORE 2017 CONCERT INFORMATION COMING SOON
Raising of the Hometown Heroes Banners
April 29 and May 6 & 8, 2017

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the banner for Joshua McClimans was placed.
On the following Saturday, May 6 and Monday May 8, 2017 the remaining banners were placed.  There are 8 banners honoring individuals killed in action, along with four service banners.

The raising of the 500 flags will take place
on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

  Volunteers and pickup trucks are needed to accomplish this task.         Bring the kids for a great family activity. 
Meet at the old Bissett garage on the square by 8:45.

Mercer Memorial Day 500
FREEDOM FUN RUN - 2017
MEMORIAL DAY
MAY 29, 2017
8:30 start SHARP  ~  START: Mercer Post Office

INFORMATION  & PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM CLICK HERE
2017 Friends of the 500 List - CLICK TO SEE LIST
The generosity of the businesses, groups and individuals listed below willThe generosity of the businesses, groups and individuals listed
will help make this year's Mercer Memorial Day 500 a reality.
To make a donation, please see the link on the home page - CLICK HERE
Become a Friend of the 500  DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED 

See the donation link on the home page - Click Here

Mercer Memorial Day 500
2017 Schedule of Events
(Times are approximate)

8:30 5K RACE THROUGH THE FLAGS
REGISTER 8 AM AT POST OFFICE

9:00 OPENING CEREMONY;
HONOREE INTRODUCTIONS
COURTHOUSE BANDSTAND

10:00 PRAYER SERVICE AT OLD MERCER  GRAVEYARD (NEXT TO SHANNON'S KANDY KITCHEN)

9:00 TO 11:00 MILITARY EXPO
NORTH SIDE OF COURTHOUSE

9:30 TO 11:00 VETERANS
RECEPTION AND PRIZES
SOUTH SIDE OF COURTHOUSE

9:30 TO 12:00 CONCESSIONS AVAILABLE

9:45 TO 11:00
BRETT ALLEN MORGAN
SHOWCASE ENTERTAINER
COURTHOUSE BANDSTAND

11:00 MEMORIAL PARADE
FROM VENANGO TO SOUTH PITT STREET
RACE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

12:00 MEMORIAL SALUTE
3 BLOCKS SOUTH OF COURTHOUSE AT
MERCER CITIZENS CEMETERY
2017 Mercer Memorial Day 500 Brochure
Outside of Brochure - CLICK HERE
Inside of Brochure - CLICK HERE

Layout & Printing - Rafferty’s Printing • Mercer, PA   -  724-662-1415

  PLEASE NOTE: Due to printing deadlines, all donors may not be listed in the brochure.  A       complete list of donors is available at the link below (Friends of the 500).  The committee        would like to thank ALL who have made a donation this year.
Without your support, this event would not happen. 

Mercer Memorial Day 500
2017 Honorees
Photos and Biographies

Memorial Day Information Links


2017 Parade Line-up List (tentative)
Click on a division below to see parade line-up list.
NOTE: line-up is subject to change up to day of parade.

Division I Line-up  (printable)

Division II Line-up (printable)

Division III Line-up (printable)
In memory of Dave Hoye, MMD 500 photographer who recently passed away.
He will be missed.
NOTE:  This photo is not part of the collection to be shown.