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Towns observe Memorial Day holiday with parades

May 27, 2004|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

If you love a parade, you'll have several opportunities to watch a few pass by this Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day is a holiday that honors Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country. Many communities carry the tributes through the weekend.

The 137th Sharpsburg Memorial Day parade will be Saturday, May 29.

Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. in the town square. Fred Otto, executive director of the Washington County Commission on Aging, will speak. A drill team and drum corps from Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., will perform, and veterans of World War II will be honored and presented with certificates. Sharpsburg area veterans of the mid-20th-century conflict will be present and also will ride in the parade, which begins at 1:30 p.m., said Patti Hammond, a member of the town council.

The 70-unit parade will include high school and middle school marching bands, Civil War re-enactors, military and veterans organizations. A Sharpsburg Elementary School float will be among the five floats processing from the school to Antietam National Cemetery, where ceremonies will include a speech by U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Maria C. Owens.

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On Sunday, May 30, Boonsboro's parade will roll down Main Street beginning at 2 p.m., following a 1 p.m. wreath-laying ceremony at the monument honoring World War I veterans at 19 N. Main St. in front of Boonsboro Free Library.

Tri-State area parades on Monday, May 31, in order of starting time, include:

8:30 a.m. - Main Street in Mercersburg, Pa.

9 a.m. - Broad Street to Waynesboro Memorial Park in Waynesboro, Pa.

9:15 a.m. - Main Street from Fifth Avenue to the square in Chambersburg, Pa.

10:30 a.m. - Baltimore Street in Greencastle, Pa.

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