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Host of Memorial Day activities on tap

May 29, 2006

A host of events are scheduled today and Tuesday in memory or honor of America's veterans who lost or risked their lives for our nation. A round of Memorial Day services include:

TODAY

Waynesboro, Pa.

· The annual Memorial Day parade in Waynesboro will begin at 9 a.m. The parade starts on Main Street at Cumberland Valley Avenue and goes down Main Street, proceeding right on Broad Street and ending at Memorial Park in Waynesboro. A service will follow at the south end of the park.




Greencastle, Pa.

· A Memorial Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. at South Allison and East Baltimore streets in Greencastle, proceeding west on East Baltimore to Cedar Hill Cemetery.




Mount Lena

· The communities of Beaver Creek and Mount Lena will join to erect a memorial to veterans at a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Mount Lena United Methodist Church.

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Martinsburg, W.Va.

· The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Board of Directors will hold a dedication ceremony for the new Veterans' Memorial at 10 a.m. at War Memorial Park, off Tennessee Avenue in Martinsburg. U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is scheduled to speak at the dedication.

· Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg will honor all veterans during a Memorial Day celebration at 2 p.m.

During the ceremony, a Purple Heart will be awarded to Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Terry Orndorff in honor of his service.

To personally salute heroes - past and present - who have served in the military, the celebration will include a balloon release. Red, white, blue and yellow balloons, personalized with the names of those who have served in the military, will be released into the air to commemorate their brave service.

Anyone who would like to register their loved one's name for the balloon release may call Pleasant View Memory Gardens at 304-267-2111 or visit the office on W.Va. 9 east.




Mercersburg, Pa.

· A Memorial Day parade will form at 8 a.m. at James Buchanan Middle School and will be led by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard to Fairview Cemetery in downtown Mercersburg. A service will follow.




St. Thomas, Pa.

· The St. Thomas Memorial Day parade will form at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 7061 Lincoln Way West, and will proceed to St. Thomas Cemetery. Refreshments will be served following the parade at St. Thomas American Legion Post 612.




Chambersburg, Pa.

· A Memorial Day parade will form at 9:15 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg, and proceed to Memorial Square. Guest speaker Maj. Michael Zahuranic will give the Memorial Day address. The group will re-form at Conococheague Bridge with the women's auxiliary presidents of all military organizations. A ceremony will include the presidents of the auxiliaries dropping flowers into the creek and the playing of taps.

· A Memorial Day service will be held at 1 p.m. in the Freedom Garden section of Parklawns Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum, 3218 Philadelphia Ave. in Chambersburg. The service will include parachutists, a balloon release, a military guest speaker and the VFW Honor Guard presenting colors. Flags donated by veterans' families will fly throughout the weekend.

· The Cumberland Valley School of Music Community Symphonic Band will present its Memorial Day concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Chambersburg Memorial Park band shell.

The program will include patriotic, classical, choral, jazz and traditional concert band music, and a salute to the armed forces. State Sen. Terry Punt will be the emcee, and a color guard will post colors.

TUESDAY

Halfway

· The Joint Veterans Council of Washington County will host Memorial Day ceremonies at 9 a.m. at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway.

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles May will be the keynote speaker.




Smithsburg

· A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at Smithsburg Veterans Memorial Park on West Water Street.

The featured speaker will be the Rev. Mark Mooney of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Smithsburg.

A canopy and chairs will be provided.

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