Memorial Day parades start Saturday

May 25, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

SHARPSBURG - In addition to honoring local veterans with more solemn services, at least three local towns will celebrate the Memorial Day holiday weekend with parades.

Boonsboro-area resident Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Boyd M. Cook will be the grand marshal for Sharpsburg's annual Memorial Day parade this Saturday, says Sharpsburg Town Councilwoman Patti Hammond. Cook is the Department of Defense's appointed Maryland chair for employer support of the guard and reserve.

A Memorial Day parade and service will be held in Boonsboro on Sunday, May 28. The wreath-laying ceremony and memorial service start at 1 p.m. in front of the library. The parade starts at 2 p.m. by the Boonsboro school complex and ends at Reeder's Alley on South Main Street.

Waynesboro, Pa., resident Charles Wagaman, a World War II veteran who was a prisoner of war, will be the grand marshal of Waynesboro's parade on Monday, says Kathy Shaffer, secretary for the sponsoring Combined Veterans Council.


In addition to local bands and floats, the Sharpsburg parade will feature Civil War re-enactor units and the Waynesboro parade will feature street rods, muscle cars, motorcycles and veterans groups, organizers say.

Col. Robert Swenson, commander of Letterkenny Army Depot, will speak at Waynesboro's memorial service at Memorial Park after the parade. The service includes a roll call of Franklin County veterans who have died in the past year.

Sharpsburg's activities on Saturday start at 11 a.m. with a wreath-laying ceremony at Town Square, Mayor Hal Spielman says.

Dennis Frye, Civil War historian and author, will speak about Sharpsburg during the Civil War and the Sharpsburg Rifles, a local re-enactment group founded in 1959 by a group of Sharpsburg area residents, Hammond says.

The Rohrersville Band will perform in front of Jefferson Security Bank on Town Square at 11:45 a.m. The parade starts at 1:30 p.m.

After the parade, at approximately 3 p.m., the National Park Service will have a wreath-laying ceremony at Antietam National Cemetery. Cook will be the speaker.

The town, Sharpsburg American Legion and Sharpsburg Lions Club are co-sponsoring the parade, morning wreath-laying ceremony and concert.

If you go ...

WHAT: Sharpsburg Memorial Day parade and services

WHEN: Parade starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27.

WHERE: Starts at Sharpsburg Elementary School and marches eastalong Main Street through Sharpsburg to Antietam National Cemetery.

COST: Free

WHAT: Boonsboro Memorial Day parade and service

WHEN: The parade starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28.

WHERE: Starts by the Boonsboro school complex and ends at Reeder's Alley on South Main Street in Boonsboro.

COST: Free

WHAT: Waynesboro, Pa., Memorial Day Parade and Service

WHEN: 9 a.m. Monday, May 29

WHERE: Starts on Main Street at CV Avenue. Goes down Main Street, turning right on Broad Street. Ends at Memorial Park. Waynesboro, Pa.

COST: Free

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