The traditional opening ceremony of the annual Scottish Festival will honor a veteran from the Bart community.
This year's observance will be in the upper cemetery at Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church.
That's where Private William A. Nichols is buried.
The very stone on what may be his grave has one line that may indicate it is only a memorial, not a burial site.
The stone lists his unit, the day he was wounded, and the day he died. The final line reads "Erected by Alice M. Helm."
Until the Korean War, most American service members who were killed overseas were buried in a foreign country with memorial stones erected later in cemeteries near their home towns and rural communities. The fact that the stone included the line about who had the stone put up may indicate it does not mark an actual grave, festival organizer and historian Barry Girvin said last week.
According to local records, Nichols is one of only three men from the Bart area to serve in World War I. Veryl Hess and Frank Armer survived and returned to live out their lives in the Southern End.
Nichols did not live through the war.
A private in Company K of the 315th Infantry Division, Nichols was mortally wounded on September 28, 1918, and died on October 2. The war ended just over a month later, when an armistice was declared on November 11, 1918.
All three names are listed on a flag made after the war. Nichols' name has a Gold Star next to it, indicating he died in the conflict. Armer's name and Hess' names are next to Blue Stars, indicating they served in the conflict.
In past years, the festival has honored a veteran of the French and Indian Wars, the American Civil War, the War of 1812, and two from the American Revolution.
This year's service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 7. Organizer Jonathan Welch will set up the procession to the upper cemetery. There Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church elder Dan Henry will deliver the opening prayer and Ephrata Police Chief William Harvey will deliver the dedication speech.
This will be the festival's sixth year on the Middle Octorara grounds.
There will be Highland games and competitions starting at 9 a.m. and running through the day. A sanctioned bagpipe competition will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m.
Dancing contests will start at 9:30 a.m. and continue through the afternoon.
There will also be music performances and demonstrations during the day. This year's performers include harpist Kendrah Tozzo, the Washington Memorial Pipe Band, Charlie Zahm, the band Fire in the Glen, and the Rehoboth Welsh Choir.
The choir is from Delta and was formed in 1984 to maintain the tradition of Welsh harmonic singing. The choir has performed in Wales and Europe, during the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, and at Carnegie Hall in New York.
A sheep herding demonstration will be given from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. There will also be tours of and information about the nearby historic Covenanter Church and the attached one-room Bart Township High School.
Parking for the festival is free and will be on the church grounds. Admission to the festival is $17 per person. Funds raised during the festival will be used to help maintain and to restore the Covenanter Church.