Memorial Day observances and events

May 27, 2005


Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, 9:30 a.m., the annual Memorial Day service will feature Ret. CWO5 Fred L. Shinbur as guest speaker.

Military honors will be presented by Washington County AMVETS Post 10. Rick Conrad will play the bagpipes and taps will be performed by Joshua Bond, Jordan Hullinger and Jeremy Bishop.


St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 601 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, a Civil War-style worship, at 10:30 a.m., led by re-enactors from Co. A, 7th Tennessee Regiment.

The group will be dressed in period uniforms and their families will be in period dress. They will march from Hagerstown City Park to the church before the service.


There will be poems, hymns, prayers and readings from the 19th century at the service. Pastor David Kaplan will preach.

A fellowship hour follows.

Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 17636 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m., with guest speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony conducted by Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion.

There will be special music including taps by Corin Gilks, bagpipe music by Rick Conrad and "God Bless America" sung by Caitlin Flagg.

Washington County Courthouse, Washington and Jonathan streets, Hagerstown, at 2 p.m. The Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion will hold Memorial Day services with keynote speaker, Elbert D. "Ed" White, state commander. Ron Hovis, a Navy veteran of the Korean War, will recite poetry.

Following the program, a wreath-laying ceremony will be held to honor deceased members of veterans organizations.


Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park, Halfway, the annual Memorial Day service to honor veterans, beginning at 9 a.m.

Gen. Boyd Cook will be keynote speaker.

Rest Haven Cemetery, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, the annual Memorial Day celebration at 11 a.m. with a bagpipe rendition of "Amazing Grace" and then echo taps.

At 11:30 a.m., the Appalachian Wind Quintet will perform its 13th annual concert - outdoors if weather permits; in the chapel in case of rain.

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

Smithsburg Veterans Memorial Park, Water Street, the annual Memorial Day commemoration at 4 p.m. with Ron Hovis, Navy veteran, as keynote speaker.

Stephanie Pyle of Waynesboro, Pa., will sing for the event.

Those who attend are asked to bring chairs.

Intersection of Leiter Street and Leithersburg-Smithsburg Road, noon, a Memorial Day service. Paul Hammond, a retired army sergeant, will be a speaker. The event is organized by the Leitersburg Grange Society.

Chambersburg (Pa.) Memorial Square, 10 a.m., following a Memorial Day Parade. The Joint Veterans Council of the Chambersburg Area will sponsor the parade and participants will form at 8:45 .m. on Fifth Avenue and Lincoln Way East. The parade begins at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Speaker will be Paul Cullinane, president of Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

In case of bad weather, the event will be moved to American Legion Post 46, 755 Philadelphia Ave. (U.S. 11) and begin at 10:30 a.m.

Gettysburg (Pa.) National Cemetery, the 138th annual Memorial Day parade and services.

Following a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Gettysburg VFW building, the parade will begin at 2 p.m., ending in the cemetery.

At 3 p.m., Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, will be keynote speaker.

For more information, call 800-337-5015.

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