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Co-grand marshals to speak at event

May 10, 2002|BY JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

This year's Sharpsburg Memorial Day Parade will have co-grand marshals who will speak about terrorism and the role of the military post-Sept. 11, a parade official said.

Retired Col. John C. Truesdell, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force Reserve Affairs, and Maj. Gen. Boyd M. Cook will be the grand marshals, said Patti Hammond, a Sharpsburg Town Council member and parade committee member.

The parade will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25.

The parade will have 80 units, including bands from Boonsboro Middle School, Boonsboro High School and Springfield Middle School, Hammond said.

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The Harmony Band, Rohrersville Band, Wildcat Regiment Band, Irish Brigade and Emerald Society Band also will perform, Hammond said.

The parade is part of the town's 135th annual Memorial Day celebration. The day's ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. in Town Square with a wreath-laying at the War Memorial. The Rohrersville Band will perform from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Randy Leatherman, a rescue specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, will be the featured speaker at the Town Square ceremony. The Fairplay resident will address veterans and honor members of Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. Inc. and Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services Inc., Hammond said.

Following the parade, Truesdell and Cook will speak at Antietam National Cemetery, Hammond said.

Truesdell, who lives north of Hagerstown, plans and oversees policies - including mobilization - and directs activities that affect reservists in the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Civil Air Patrol.

Cook, of Boonsboro, is Maryland Chairman for the Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee.

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