Fallen remembered

May 26, 2003|By MARLO BARNHART

With a grandfather who fought in World War I and a father with service in World War II, it seemed appropriate that Donna Tourney spent part of Memorial Day at a ceremony at Rose Hill Cemetery honoring the nation's veterans.

"I am usually here as a member of the Hagerstown AMVETS Post 10 color guard, but this year I'm taking pictures instead," the Greencastle, Pa., resident said. "I actually get to watch what is going on for once."

Tourney joined several dozen people Monday who turned out under overcast skies for the annual observance. Almost at the moment the 10 a.m. program began, the sun peeked out and shone over the historic cemetery along South Potomac Street in Hagers-town.


Cemetery Manager Bill Divelbiss led the singing of the national anthem and then introduced guest speaker Robert T. "Bo" Myers, whose years as a U.S. Marine and a school principal made him doubly able to be heard without a public address system.

"Here in this eternal resting place are many of those who served our country in both peace and war," Myers said. "We are grateful for their service."

A captain in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1968-79, Myers was on active duty from 1971-74. He is principal of North Hagerstown High School.

Myers spoke of the qualities and values needed to answer the call of one's country - integrity, honesty, patience and commitment, to name a few.

He challenged those who were listening to his words to serve their country in their own ways.

"Each of us should on a daily basis serve someone else who is in need," Myers said. "The servicemen and women who are laid in this resting place would want no less from us. Find a way to serve."

A bagpipes rendition of "America," "The Halls of Montezuma" and "Amazing Grace" followed the speech. A 21-gun salute by AMVETS Post 10 and echo "Taps" rounded out the program.

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