Memorial Day activities set


The festivities surrounding the Memorial Day holiday will shift into high gear beginning this weekend with the traditional Sharpsburg parade and a full slate of activities around the Tri-State area.

- Top military officers will be co-grand marshals of the 135th annual Sharpsburg Memorial Day parade which begins at 2 p.m. Saturday. The parade follows the 11 a.m. wreath-laying ceremony in the Town Square.

- The theme of activities Saturday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) National Historical Park is To Defend and Protect and begins with a program relating the story of the gun-making industry and field use of those weapons in Harpers Ferry's rich history.


Those events are held in the lower town, available by shuttle bus from the main parking lot.

- Rest Haven Cemetery's annual ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Sunday with Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 hosting the activities.

- Rose Hill Cemetery's annual ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with Morris Frock Post 42 hosting the activities.

- Cedar Lawn Cemetery's annual ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday with Morris Frock Post 42 hosting the activities.

- At St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lappans, a new carillon in memory of the Dorsey family will be dedicated at the 11 a.m. service Sunday. The new carillon replaces an older model that had been in memory of Roger Dorsey, who was killed in World War II.

All veterans will be honored at the service.

- A Memorial Day service at the Funkstown American Legion Post will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.

- The annual Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 ceremony will be held in front of the Washington County Courthouse at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Past Maryland Commander Russell Lee Fisher will be guest speaker. Veterans groups will place wreaths at the permanent memorial in front of the courthouse.

- The Memorial Day service at the Samples Manor Church of God near Dargan will begin Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

There will be special music by the Clever Family singers, Kenny Johnson and Son, Leonard and Dorothy Messik. Proceeds will benefit the cemetery fund.

- Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown will hold its annual Memorial Day service on Monday at 10 a.m. Rose Hill will give away flags for veterans' resting sites in Rose Hill through May 30. For information call 301-739-3630.

- War Memorial Park activities in Martinsburg, W.Va., begin at 10 a.m. Monday with a memorial service for veterans.

A roast beef luncheon will follow at the main pavilion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with tickets on sale at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation board or at the door.

A mega yard sale will be held Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- On Monday at 6 p.m., The U.S. Marine Band will kick off the summer military band season at Harpers Ferry's Visitor's Center with Music in the Mountains.

- On Thursday, May 30, the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County plans a Memorial Day ceremony at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park in Halfway beginning at 9 a.m.

Tom Bratten, secretary of Veterans Affairs of Maryland, will be guest speaker.

- Smithsburg's Memorial Day activities are on Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Park there. Scouts and school groups will participate along with a guest speaker.

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