Memorial Day observances planned

May 26, 2004

The following Memorial Day events have been scheduled in the Tri-State area.

Thursday, May 27

The 75th annual Tuscarora District Scout Memorial Ceremony will be held at Green Hill Cemetery beginning at 6:15 p.m. Scouts will honor the late Lloyd O, Miller Jr., former Scoutmaster of Troop 88. Troop and Pack 88 will host the ceremony.

Saturday, May 29

Rose Hill Cemetery at 600 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown will host a Memorial Day service at 9:30 a.m.

The cemetery is the final resting place of more than 2,000 Confederate soldiers from the Maryland Campaign of 1862 (battles of South Mountain and Antietam).


Several prominent and historic Marylanders are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, including Thomas Kennedy (1776-1832), the author of the constitutional changes of 1826 that freed Jewish citizens of Maryland from political discrimination.

Kennedy also established the Hagerstown Mail Newspaper. There are two Maryland governors buried at Rose Hill: William Thomas Hamilton and William Preston Lane Jr.

Sunday, May 30

Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 will host a Memorial Day and wreath-laying ceremony in front of Washington County Courthouse, West Washington Street, Hagerstown, beginning at 2 p.m. Hagerstown Mayor William Breichner, a Legion member and a veteran of the Korean War, will be the speaker.

A number of organizations will participate in wreath-laying ceremonies.

The new Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Maryland, George Owings, is to speak at the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County ceremony in observance of the traditional Memorial Day at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park in Halfway beginning at 1 p.m.

Owings is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and the Vietnam War. He will take over the post officially on June 1.

The program, which is expected to last one hour, will be held at the Veterans Memorial at the park.

Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 17636 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown, will hold a public remembrance beginning at 11 a.m. The featured speaker will be State Sen. Donald Munson, R-Washington.

The American Legion Post 42 Honor Guard will participate and there will be a balloon release. For information, call Terica Welch at 301-733-6682.

The Harbaugh Cemetery Association and the Waynesboro Historical Society will host a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. in Harbaugh Church in Rouzerville, Pa. John E.N. Blair, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, will be the speaker.

In Gerrardstown, W.Va., a service honoring veterans of World War I through the current Iraqi conflict will begin at 1 p.m. at the Gerrardstown United Methodist Church on W.Va. 51 west. The program includes dedication of a Veterans Memorial which will feature 88 names inscribed on a permanent plaque on the church grounds.

Monday, May 31

Ceremonies marking Memorial Day will be held at Rest Haven Cemetery, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown. The event begins at 11 a.m. with a musical tribute to the nation's veterans.

At 11:30 a.m., the Appalachian Wind Quintet will perform on the hill adjacent to the Rest Haven chapel. In case of rain, the concert moves into the chapel.

More than 300 American flags, donated by the families of veterans, will be flown throughout the day.

The Joint Veterans Council of the Chambersburg (Pa.) Area will sponsor Memorial Day events, beginning with a parade at 9:15 a.m.

Participants will march from Fifth Avenue to the Chambersburg Square were a ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. James Gillian, of Osceola Mills, Pa. In the event of bad weather, the service will be conducted at the Marine Corps League Detachment, 450 Grant St., Chambersburg.

The Combined Veterans Council will host a parade and memorial service beginning at 9 a.m. along Broad Street in Waynesboro, Pa., to Waynesboro Memorial Park.

Col. Derek A. Miller will be the featured speaker. Miller is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and is a resident student at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.

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