Veterans Day activities

November 07, 2007

The annual Veteran's Day program and buffet will be held Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Morris Frock Post 42, 405 Northern Ave. Tickets are available at the post.

Guest speaker is past national commander of the American Legion, Richard J. Santos.

U.S. Army Reserves Major (Ret.) Ronald L. Bowers will be the keynote speaker at Veterans Day ceremonies at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park in Halfway Sunday at 9 a.m.

The ceremony is sponsored by the Joint Veterans Council and includes music and the laying of wreaths to honor veterans.

For information call Tony Pruchniewski, council president, at 301-739-7911.

Morris Frock Unit 42, The American Legion Auxiliary, will hold its annual Veterans Day program and wreath laying on the steps of the Washington County Courthouse on Sunday at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be James H. Warner, a retired, decorated Marine and POW during the Vietnam War.


West Washington Street, from Prospect Street to the Public Square and the first blocks of Summit Avenue and Jonathan Street to West Franklin Street will be closed from 11 a.m. to noon for the service. For information, contact Donna Conway at 301-739-3590.

On Sunday, veterans and current members of the U.S. armed forces and their families will be admitted free of charge to Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Veterans and members of the military may also camp the night of Nov. 10 and 11 free of charge at the park's developed campgrounds.

Entrance fees are charged at the Great Falls Tavern area of the park, near Potomac, Md. Campground fees are charged at the park's drive-in campgrounds at McCoy's Ferry near Clear Spring, Fifteenmile Creek near Little Orleans, and Spring Gap near Cumberland, Md; and at walk-in campgrounds at Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg and Paw Paw Tunnel near Paw Paw, W.Va.

Hagerstown City Councilwoman Penny Nigh will honor Veterans Day by laying a wreath near the Veterans Monument on Memorial Boulevard on Sunday at 9 a.m.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - On Sunday at 10:15 a.m., a community Veterans Day celebration will be held at Christian Life Church, 1400 Warm Spring Road.

Veterans will be recognized by branch of service and will receive gifts. A luncheon for all will follow the celebration.

Christian Walker will be the guest speaker and vocalist. For information, call 717-267-1280 or go to

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg YMCA will hold a Veterans Day open house for all active duty military, reservists, National Guard and former service men and women Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Opening the day will be a wreath-laying ceremony in remembrance of all the fallen heroes who have served the military from the Chambersburg area.

For more information contact Michele Sheppard at 717-263-8508.

SHARPSBURG - Members of Masonic Antietam Lodge 197 of Keedysville and other assembled military organizations will gather Monday, Nov. 12, to assist the American Legion in honoring the fallen veterans of all wars.

The Armistice/Veterans Day ceremonies will take place in the square of Sharpsburg at 11 a.m.

SMITHSBURG - The annual Smithsburg Veterans Day ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. at Veterans Park, West Water Street, Smithsburg.

The featured speaker will be Fred Shinbur, a Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs commissioner. Chairs and a canopy will be provided.

CLEAR SPRING - The annual Veterans Day Assembly at Clear Spring High School will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, in the auditorium.

There will be music and speakers at the event.

For more information call 301-766-8082.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Pleasant View Memory Gardens will honor all veterans at a celebration Sunday at 2 p.m.

Programs and flags will be distributed to visitors as they enter the park. During the ceremony, facility representatives will present memory stones to the families of veterans who have been interred in the park over the past year.

Guest speakers are U.S. Air Force (Ret.) Brigadier General John Wright and Past Commander Department of WV Military Order of the Purple Heart, James Grose.

After the closing benediction, Wright will release doves to honor the spirit of fallen heroes and taps will be performed.

The American Legion, Potomac Post 202 will host its annual Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Post home in Williamsport.

The Springfield Middle School Band will perform, Mayor James G. McCleaf II will attend, and several American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary officials will speak.

American Legion Department of Maryland 2nd Vice Commander, Orlyn Oestereich will be guest speaker.

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