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Veterans Day ceremonies planned in Tri-State area

November 10, 2003

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

The following events will be held Tuesday:

-- An observance organized by the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County will be held at 9 a.m. at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park. The guest speaker will be Arnold Arthur Callaham, executive director of the Greater Hagerstown Committee. AMVETS Post 10 Color Guard and soloist Gail Snyder also will take part.

-- The annual observance in front of the Washington County Courthouse on West Washington Street is scheduled for 11 a.m. Callaham will be the guest speaker. The event is sponsored by Morris Frock American Legion Auxiliary Unit 42.

-- An annual assembly will be held 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.

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

-- 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.

-- 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.

-- 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 2:30 p.m. 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 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 U.S. Army Chaplain Fred Carr 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 flyover by the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard and soloist Tiffany Lawrence.

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

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