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Tri-State area activities will honor veterans

November 08, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

Several public ceremonies will be held throughout the Tri-State on Sunday and Monday, as the nation celebrates Veterans Day.

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, there were 23.7 million military veterans in the United States in 2006. The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 463,228 veterans are living in Maryland, said Cathy Watts, Veterans Affairs press officer.

An estimated 12,814 veterans were living in Washington County in 2005, the most recent figure available, Watts said.

Wreath layings, parades and speeches by local dignitaries characterize this year's round of Veterans Day events. Here's a listing:

Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11

· HALFWAY - U.S. Army Reserves Major (Ret.) Ronald L. Bowers will be the keynote speaker at Veterans Day ceremonies at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park. 9 a.m. Sunday. There also will be patriotic music and the laying of wreaths to honor all veterans. Sponsored by the Joint Veterans Council. For more information call Tony Pruchniewski, council president, at 301-739-7911.

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· Veterans Day program and wreath laying, 11 a.m. Sunday. Morris Frock Unit 42 of the American Legion Auxiliary will hold its annual Veterans Day program on the steps of the Washington County Courthouse in Hagerstown. Guest speaker will be James H. Warner, a retired Marine and prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.

The following streets will be closed from 11 a.m. to noon: West Washington Street from Prospect Street to Public Square, and the first blocks of Summit Avenue and Jonathan Street. Call Donna Conway at 301-739-3590.

· CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Veterans Day concert, 3 p.m. Sunday. Cheryl Peach and Stephen Hill together will perform patriotic tunes, inspirational music, Southern gospel and country standards. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $12.50 for veterans, active military and children 18 and younger. The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St. Call 717-263-0202 or go to www.thecapitoltheatre.org for tickets.

· SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -Veterans Day parade, 2 p.m. Sunday. Parade runs along King Street beginning at Prince Street and ends between Morris Street and Montgomery Avenue. Call Dick Guyer, 717-262-5120.

Monday, Nov. 12

· CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Veterans Day parade, Monday, Nov. 12. Lineup at 9:45 a.m. Parade starts at 10:15 a.m. The parade has roughly 600 marchers and 20 units and will form at Lincoln Way East at Fifth Street. The parade will continue to Memorial Square. Gerald Hawk, commander of the Department of Pennsylvania AMVETS will speak at the square after the parade. Franklin County Commissioner Chairman G. Warren Elliott will be the parade marshal. For more information, e-mail Michael A. Sabol, imamartian@embarqmail.com.

· CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Women in Uniform Celebration, Exhibit and Social, with guest speaker Col. Steven A. Shapiro, commander of Letterkenny Army Depot. 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12. American Legion Post 46, 755 Philadelphia Ave. There will be refreshments and music. Free. For more information, call 717-491-1836.

· 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. For more information, call 301-766-8082.

· SHARPSBURG - Members of Masonic Antietam Lodge 197 of Keedysville and other assembled military organizations will gather to assist the American Legion in honoring the fallen veterans of all wars. 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the square.

· Veterans Day concert. 11:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12. Mark Rust will perform a free concert in honor of Veterans Day. Hagerstown Community College student center, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. For more information, call Renee Earley, 301-790-2800, ext. 225.

· 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 L. Shinbur, a Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs commissioner. There will be performances by the Smithsburg High School band and bagpiper David Madock. Chairs and a canopy will be provided. Call 301-797-8097.

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