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Memorial Day observances and activities

May 22, 2007

A number of observances are planned in Washington County for the Memorial Day holiday.

Saturday, May 26

Rose Hill Cemetery at South Potomac Street and Memorial Boulevard in Hagerstown will host a special Memorial Day service at 10 a.m.

AMVETS Post 10 will perform full military honors and a bagpiper will provide music. A historical interpretation of the Civil War will be presented by members of the Stone Mountain Raiders.

Following the Memorial Day service, a cannon will be fired.

Rose Hill is the site of the Washington Confederate Cemetery. Nearly 10 years after the Civil War, Maryland and Virginia began to cooperate on a project to re-enter the Confederate dead from their impromptu graves throughout the region to Rose Hill Cemetery.

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The Confederate cemetery, dedicated in 1877, accommodates 2,447 unidentified and 346 identified Confederate soldiers from the Battles at Antietam, South Mountain, Gettysburg and Hagerstown.

A flag to be placed on a grave will be given to any family member of a veteran buried in the cemetery. The flags may be obtained at the office during business hours.

Sunday, May 27

n The annual Memorial Day service at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park at 17636 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown will be at 11 a.m.

Featured guest speakers are state Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, and Retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Fred L. Shinbur.

The honor guard of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 will provide the service. Music and complimentary refreshments will be provided.

n A Memorial Day service will be at 2:30 p.m. at Samples Manor Church of God at 2128 Harpers Ferry Road in Sharpsburg. The service will include special music by Faith Ministries of Boonsboro and Kenny Johnson & Son of Bunker Hill, W.Va.

For information or directions, call 301-834-8694 or 301-432-8359. In West Virginia, call 304-229-0172.

Monday, May 28

n The Beaver Creek and Mount Lena communities will join for a wreath-laying ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at Mount Lena United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, May 30

n Glenn Fishack will address the history of some of the Smithsburg veterans of all wars who are listed on the plaques in Veterans Park on West Water Street. The event will be in the park at 6 p.m.

There will be a color guard from AMVETS Post 10 and a bagpiper.

Shelter and seating will be available.

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