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Veterans Day events begin on Sunday

November 08, 2003

Several Veterans Day programs and observances have been planned around the Tri-State area.

  • The Borough of Mont Alto will celebrate the day Sunday with services at Borough Park on Constitution Avenue beginning at 2 p.m. Bob Harris, director of veterans affairs for Franklin County, will be the keynote speaker.

  • On Monday at 2:30 p.m., Brig. Gen. Jean M. Shinbur of the Maryland National Guard, AMVETS Post 14 Commander Jaques W. Weedon and Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers will speak during a ceremony at Veterans Park in Smithsburg.


The Smithsburg High School band will perform the national anthem. The Rev. John Schildt will give the invocation/benediction.

The following events will be held Tuesday:

  • The annual observance in front of the Washington County Courthouse on West Washington Street at 11 a.m.

  • The annual assembly at Clear Spring High School at 10:30 a.m.

  • A candlelight vigil for all prisoners of war and those missing in action and other veterans will be held in the town square in Martinsburg, W.Va., from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Veterans of the Vietnam War.

  • Veterans at Homewood Retirement Center will observe Veterans Day beginning at 8:15 a.m.

  • Mark Rust, a singer and musician from Woodstock, N.Y., will present a tribute titled "The Songs of the Soldier" in the college center at Hagerstown Community Center at 11:30 a.m.

  • The Sharpsburg American Legion auxiliary 236 will sponsor a wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Sharpsburg Town Square. There will be special music and a reading.

  • An observance organized by the Joint Veteran Council of Washington County will be held at 9 a.m. at Marty Snook Park with guest speak Arnold Arthur Callaham, executive director of the Greater Hagerstown Committee. AMVETS Post 10 Color Guard and soloist Gail Snyder will also take part.

  • The Chambersburg, Pa., community service will be held at 4 p.m. at Letterkenny Chapel. Sponsored by the churches of the Chambersburg area and the Joint Veterans Council, the event will feature retired Chaplain Fred Carr, U.S. Army, as guest speaker. Carr is associate pastor of the Church of the Atonement in Silver Spring, Md.

  • Shepherd College's Office of Student Affairs in Shepherdstown, W.Va. will present a program at 11 a.m. in the midway between the College Center and Sara Cree Hall. The service will include the Joint Service Honor Guard and Color Guard, the Martinsburg High School Chamber Choir, a fly-over by the 167th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard and soloist Riffany Lawrence.

    The speaker will be retired U.S. Air Force captain Robert Scharmer. A reception will follow.

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