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This year Memorials mean more

May 28, 2002|BY ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

Brian and Jackie Kenworthy brought their young children to the Memorial Day ceremony at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown on Monday to help them learn the meaning of the holiday.

Five-year-old twins Cameron and Morgan Kenworthy aced the lesson.

Morgan raised his hand when retired U.S. Marine Capt. Robert Glausier started his keynote speech with the rhetorical question, "What does Memorial Day mean?"

"It's about the soldiers who fought in the world," Cameron said.

More than 100 people gathered under a stand of firs near the Confederate Cemetery at Rose Hill to honor the soldiers who fought and died for their country. Cemetery Manager Bill Divelbiss attributed the strong turnout to a sense of renewed patriotism following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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"It's good to see that people still care and have taken time today to remember veterans," Divelbiss said.

People of all ages saluted and held their hearts when Divelbiss sang the national anthem. Some bowed their heads when they heard "Amazing Grace" drift across the cemetery from a bagpipe player and "Taps" sound from nearby buglers.

Bugler Josh Bond, 16, of Hagerstown, was honored to perform at the ceremony, he said.

"It was an opportunity to give back and play for what veterans have done for us," Josh said.

Patriotism drew Derek Flohr to the event.

"I love my country," said Derek, 15, of Hagerstown.

Many attendees held small U.S. flags as Glausier paid tribute to Washington County soldiers who have "given the ultimate sacrifice" in wars in three centuries.

"No doubt Washington County citizens will continue fighting for our country for another 250 years - fighting, bleeding and dying for our freedoms and our way of life," said Glausier, president of the Joint Veterans' Council.

It is the duty of veterans such as Glausier to keep the memory of fallen soldiers alive, said ceremony attendee Charles E. Reeder, a member of the state Veterans' Commission.

"If we don't, no one else will," Reeder said. "And we'll soon lose sight of what it's all about."

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