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Boonsboro honors its fallen

May 28, 2000|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

BOONSBORO - A light drizzle started to fall as U.S. Army Col. David Danley approached the podium in front of the Boonsboro library Sunday afternoon for a ceremony to kick off the town's annual Memorial Day parade.

Groups of residents sat on lawn chairs or huddled under store awnings listening as he spoke of the need to remember those who paid the ultimate price for the nation's freedom.

"America is rich with the spirit of sacrifice," said Danley, who is stationed at Fort Detrick, Md.

Danley said the men and women who died while serving the United States lived up to their responsibility as soldiers and now the country must take responsibility for honoring them.

"Let us never forget what they did and what they died for," he said.

"You are doing an important thing - making a difference by being here today," he told the crowd.

Directly in front of the podium were members of the Boonsboro High School Band color guard, holding American and local flags.

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Danley's speech was followed by a moment of silence and a recitation of the "Pledge of Allegiance."

Singer Betty Snyder performed and an invocation and benediction was given by the Rev. Charles Holder.

At 2 p.m. the town's Memorial Day paraded got started as participants who were lined up at the Boonsboro High School complex began their march through town. The parade route ended at Reeder's Memorial home at 141 S. Main St.

For the past 16 years, Carol Long of the Clopper Michael American Legion Unit 10 auxiliary has organized the parade, starting preparations in November.

It's a big project but one she enjoys being a part of, she said.

"I do it to commemorate the veterans" she said.

Numerous bands and organizations were represented at the parade with one group coming from Warfordsburg, Pa., she said.

Boonsboro Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman and several council members watched the ceremony from the front porch of Town Hall.

Kauffman said the ceremony and parade is important to the town, but he joked that it is often accompanied by rain.

"We fully support the Memorial Day activities," he said. "The veterans risked their lives for us, and it's the least we could do to show we appreciate their efforts."

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