By JULIE E. GREENE
SHARPSBURG - U.S. Navy Admiral C.J. Rorie will be grand marshal for Sharpsburg's Memorial Day Parade scheduled for Saturday, May 24, said Jan Wetterer, a parade committee member.
Rorie, a native of Tennessee, was the commissioning chairman for the USS Antietam and the USS Arleigh Burke and the first Aegis destroyer.
It was Rorie's ties to the USS Antietam that led to his selection as grand marshal, Wetterer said.
The town's residents have developed a bond with the ship and its crew during the last two years, she said. About two years ago, three crew members visited Sharpsburg and got to know many of the residents, Wetterer said.