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Smithsburg honors vets

May 29, 2000

Rev. John Schildt sent the crowd of about 40 gathered for a Memorial Day service at the Smithsburg Cemetery Mausoleum home with a message for those who couldn't attend.

"When you go home tell them for us: For your tomorrow we gave our today," Schildt, pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church in Chewsville said.

Schildt was the guest speaker at the ceremony put on by the Smithsburg Area Church Association.

The 35-minute remembrance started off with music by Piper Rick Conrad and the singing of the national anthem. It also included prayer and a symbolic presentation of carnations.

Schildt held a vase with 10 red carnations, nine symbolizing different wars and another symbolizing those who have touched the lives of others.

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He also said unknown soldiers are more than just statistics.

"They were more than that," he said. "When duty called they answered. When the country called they went."

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