Memorial Day observances

May 23, 2003

As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, organizations and others in the Tri-State area plan to hold observances and other activities.

Sharpsburg parade

Sharpsburg's 136th annual Memorial Day commemoration and parade will be held Saturday, beginning with a wreath-laying ceremony in the Town Square at 11 a.m.

Sponsored by the American Legion Post 236, the town of Sharpsburg and Antietam National Cemetery, the event will continue with a concert by the Rohrersville Band at the Town Square at 11:45 a.m. The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Sharpsburg Elementary School and travel through town on Md. 34 to Antietam National Cemetery. A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the cemetery at 3 p.m.

New Herbert memorial

A new memorial for Joseph C. Herbert will be dedicated Sunday at 11 a.m. at his gravesite in the Little Rose Hill Cemetery east of Clear Spring. The American Legion Post, named for Herbert, will conduct the ceremony.

Community service

The 20th annual Community Memorial Service at Harbaugh Church will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. inside the church.

Jointly hosted by the Harbaugh Cemetery Association and the Waynesboro Historical Society, the service pays tribute to America's military veterans, past and present. The Wayne Band Brass Ensemble will play patriotic music. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Craig J. Cowart will deliver a Memorial Day message.

His is currently assigned to Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., as the Marine Security Company gunnery sergeant at the Naval Support Facility in Thurmont, Md.

Boonsboro events

Memorial Day events will be held Sunday beginning with a 1 p.m. ceremony at the Main Street Library, followed by the annual parade which will begin at the school complex at 2 p.m. and end at Reeder's Alley.

American Legion program

The Morris Frock American Legion Auxiliary is giving Blue Star Service Banners to the families of active service personnel as part of a Memorial Day program on Sunday. The event is at 3:30 p.m. at the post on Northern Avenue.

The Blue Star Service Banner, designed and patented in 1917 by a World War I officer, has become the unofficial symbol of a child in active military service.

The event is open only to Legion members and the families of military personnel, Linda Caudell, spokeswoman for the Morris Frock American Legion Auxiliary, said.

For more information, or to make reservation, call Caudell at 301-790-3566 or 301-790-0100. The event is first-come, first-serve, she said.

Rose Hill service

On Monday a Memorial Day service will begin at 10 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac St.

U.S. Marine Capt. Robert "Bo" Myers will be guest speaker. Philip Stotelmyer, Veterans Commission chaplain, will give the invocation and benediction.

Military honors will be performed by Washington County AMVETS Post 10. Rick Conrad will play bagpipes and "Taps" will be performed by Joshua Bond, Jordan Hullinger and Jeremy Bishop.

Chambersburg parade

A Memorial Day Parade and service are scheduled for Monday in downtown Chambersburg with Col. William A. Guinn, commander of Letterkenny Army Depot as the keynote speaker.

Sponsored by the Joint Veterans Council of the Chambersburg Area, parade participants will form up at 8:45 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and Lincoln Way East at 8:45 a.m. The parade will commence at 9:15 a.m. and proceed west to Memorial Square, where the program will begin at approximately 10 a.m.

In case of rain, the Memorial Day service will be held at 10:15 a.m. in AMVETS Post 224, 750 Fifth Ave.

Joint Veterans observance

The Joint Veterans Council of Washington County will host a Memorial Day observance on Friday, May 30 at 9 a.m. at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway. Master of ceremonies will be Ronald Wayne Taylor and Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Thomas E. "Tim" Hutchins will be the speaker.

Lt. Jerome A Gettler will receive the air medal for heroism while participating in an aerial fight on Jan. 11, 1944. U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., will present the medal more than 59 years after the air battle.

Moment of Remembrance

National Moment of Remembrance (established by the U.S. Congress) - Monday at 3 p.m., all Americans everywhere are being encouraged to pause together and reflect on the sacrifice of all fallen brave heroes.

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