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Memorial Day holiday events

May 23, 2008

Saturday, May 24 - Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, will hold a Memorial Day celebration Saturday, May 24, at 9:30 a.m. Featured speaker is Fred Shinbar, chairman of the Maryland Veterans Commission and Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs.

Color guard, bagpipe music, echo taps and the firing of a cannon at the end of the service. There will be a weekend encampment of Civil War re-enactors on the cemetery property.

Free American flags will be available at the office for placement on gravesites through the end of May.

Saturday, May 24 - A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at Sharpsburg's Town Hall and the Rohrersville Band will perform from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

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. The grand marshal is Lt. Mike Toth of the U.S. Coast Guard-National Maritime Center in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.

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

Sunday, May 25 - BOONSBORO - The Memorial Day observance in Boonsboro will begin with a wreath-laying service at 1 p.m. in front of Town Hall. The speaker will be retired Col. Orlyn Oestereich, who lives in Boonsboro, is chairman of the board of directors of American Legion Clopper-Michael No. 10 in Boonsboro and is second vice commander of the Department of Maryland American Legion. 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 - BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - The Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania is sponsoring a Memorial Day observance at The Church of the Transfiguration 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, 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.

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

Sunday, May 25, Cedar Lawn Memorial Park will hold a Memorial Day service at the memorial park, 17636 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, beginning at 11 a.m. Featured guest speakers are Sen. Donald Munson and Fred L. Shinbur, chairman of the Maryland Veterans Commission. American Legion Post 42 presents Memorial Wreath. Music.

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

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

Monday, May 26 - A Memorial Day celebration will be held at Rest Haven Cemetery, beginning at 11 a.m. More than 300 American flags will be flown, a bagpiper and Appalachian Wind Quintet will play. Performance at top of hill adjacent to Rest Haven's Funeral Home and Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. The Wind Quintet will perform in the chapel if it rains.

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

Monday, May 26 - TIMONIUM, Md. - A Memorial Day ceremony honoring the servicemen and women serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom will be held at 10 a.m. in the Circle of the Immortals at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. Maj. Gen. Bruce Truxill, adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will be speakers.

Friday, May 30 - FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown War Memorial will be rededicated in a 3 p.m. ceremony. The memorial, at the east end of town at Edgewood Drive and Alt. U.S. 40., commemorates the sacrifices veterans have made fighting for freedom.

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