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Memorial Day weekend events

May 21, 2008

Saturday, May 24 - Rose Hill Cemetery at 600 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown will hold a Memorial Day celebration at 9:30 a.m.

Featured speaker is Fred Shinbar, chairman of the Maryland Veterans Commission and Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs.

The service will feature a color guard, bagpipe music, echo taps and the firing of a cannon at the end of the service.

This is the second year there will be a weekend encampment of Civil War re-enactors on the cemetery property.

William Divelbiss, manager of the cemetery, said free American flags will be available at the office for loved ones to place on grave sites through the end of May.

Saturday, May 24 - Sharpsburg's Memorial Day Parade starts at 1:30 p.m. at Sharpsburg Elementary School and heads northeast on Main Street to Antietam National Cemetery. Participants include the Boonsboro High and Boonsboro Middle schools' marching bands, Rohrersville Band, Harmony Band, firetrucks, Little Leagues and Confederate re-enactors, Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman said.

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The grand marshal for the parade is Hagerstown resident Lt. Mike Toth of the U.S. Coast Guard-National Maritime Center in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, said John Howard, superintendent of Antietam National Battlefield.

Toth will be the keynote speaker at a 3 p.m. commemoration ceremony at Antietam National Cemetery. The ceremony will feature music by the Boonsboro High School band, presentation of the colors by the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard Base Honor Guard, and remarks by Spielman and representatives of the American Legion and the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., according to a press release from Antietam National Battlefield.

Before the parade, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m. at Town Hall. From 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the Rohrersville Band will perform in front of Jefferson Security Bank, which is on Town Square, Spielman said.

Sunday, May 25 - The Memorial Day observance in Boonsboro will begin with a wreath-laying service at 1 p.m. in front of Boonsboro Town Hall.

A parade will follow at 2 p.m., beginning at the school complex and traveling along Main Street to Reeder's Alley.

Sunday, May 25 - The Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania is sponsoring its second annual Memorial Day observance at The Church of the Transfiguration in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., to honor military, police, fire and first-response personnel who have given their lives in the service of our nation.

The observance will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a concert by the Appalachian Wind Quintet to be followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m.

The Rev. Nathan D. Baxter, Episcopal bishop of Central Pennsylvania, will officiate. The Rev. Barton Berry, U.S. Army (Ret.), will deliver the address.

The observance is open to everyone. Light refreshments will follow.

Directions to the church are available at www.transcalvary.org.

Sunday, May 25 - Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 will host Memorial Day activities in front of the Washington County Courthouse at 2 p.m.

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and Maryland state Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, will speak following the traditional wreath-laying ceremony.

Organizations wishing to lay wreaths may call Post Adjutant Ruthanna Ungvarsky at 301-733-7676.

Monday, May 26 - The Beaver Creek and Mount Lena communities will join in a Memorial Day ceremony at Mount Lena United Methodist Church at 21234 Mount Lena Road in Boonsboro at 11 a.m.

Monday, May 26 - A Memorial Day ceremony honoring the servicemen and women serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom will be at 10 a.m. in the Circle of the Immortals at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium, Md.

Maj. Gen. Bruce Truxill, adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will speak.

Five soldiers and Marines with ties to Maryland who died in Iraq in the past year will be saluted at the ceremony in the area reserved for Marylanders killed in action.

Friday, May 30 - The Funkstown War Memorial will be rededicated in a 3 p.m. ceremony.

The memorial commemorates the sacrifices veterans have made fighting for freedom.

The memorial is at the east end of town at Edgewood Drive and Alternate U.S. 40.

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