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Pennsylvania Gov. Ridge to Kick Off Banic Festival and Parachuting Championships, Participate in Korean War Remembrance.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge will participate in ceremonies marking the opening of the 10th annual Stefan Banic Skydiving Festival and second annual Pennsylvania State Parachuting Championships at 6 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the Greenville Municipal Airport, Greenville, Mercer County.

The ceremonies also will include a Korean War Remembrance Service, where Gov. Ridge and U.S. Rep. Phil English (R-Erie) will present a Purple Heart to Orville Patterson of Fredonia, a Korean War veteran. The service will mark the 48th anniversary of the cease fire for the Korean War.

Stefan Banic, who lived in Greenville, is credited with inventing the parachute. More than 600 skydivers from across the country are expected to participate in the festival.

CONTACT: Michael J. Lukens of the Pennsylvania Office of the Governor, +1-717-783-1116.
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