Veterans Day events outlined

November 09, 2004

The Joint Veterans Council of Washington County will host a Veterans Day memorial service at the Veterans of Washington County Wall at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park, Halfway, on Thursday at 9 a.m. Former Washington County Commissioner Ronald Bowers, a retired military officer, will be the speaker.

A memorial honoring the two Washington County Medal of Honor recipients will be dedicated.

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg's Veterans Day Ceremony will be Thursday at 2 p.m., according to information released by the Smithsburg Parks Commission.

The Smithsburg High School band, members of two Girl Scout Troops and members of several town organizations will participate, commission Chairman Carlo Belella said.

Capt. Paul Ramsey, a chaplain at the U.S. Army's Fort Detrick base, is the scheduled guest speaker.

WILLIAMSPORT - This year's observance of Veterans Day at Homewood at Williamsport will be Thursday and will feature a luncheon instead of the traditional breakfast.


Following the noon meal in the dining room, members of Williamsport American Legion Post 202 will present a short program to honor all veterans who served their country.

A videotape of the dedication of the new Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., also will be part of the Veterans Day observance.

Morris Frock Unit No. 42, American Legion Auxiliary, will sponsor a Veterans Day ceremony Thursday at 11 a.m. in front of the Washington County Courthouse.

At the ceremony, representatives from service organizations and local officials will lay wreaths in honor and memory of veterans.

Douglas Tait, a Vietnam veteran who served for 26 years as a helicopter pilot and reconnaissance pilot, will be the guest speaker. He is a test pilot for Northrop Grumman.

The Mason Dixon Barbershop Chorus, and trumpeters Melissa Lloyd and Bryant Hendrickson of North Hagerstown High School will perform.

Unit members leading the program will be Dorothy Smith, chaplain of Morris Frock Unit No. 42, American Legion Auxiliary, and Linda Reid, first vice president.

West Washington Street will be closed from 11 a.m. to noon in front of the courthouse because of the observance.

SHARPSBURG - A Veterans Day celebration will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Sharpsburg Town Square.

The event, which will feature speakers and music, is being sponsored by Unit 236 Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion in Sharpsburg.

CLEAR SPRING - The annual Veterans Day assembly at Clear Spring High School will begin Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Faculty, staff and students will join in the celebration honoring the nation's veterans.

CASCADE - World War II veterans will be honored Thursday at 2 p.m. at the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base during a rededication ceremony.

A monument commemorating Memorial Forest, 40 acres off the Appalachian Trail in the Edgemont reservoir near Smithsburg, has been placed near the flagpole at the former base.

The forest was dedicated to service members in 1945, but no monument was erected.

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