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Veterans Day events planned in Washington County

November 10, 2008

Following is a list of Veterans Day observances scheduled for Tuesday in Washington County:

o 10:30 a.m. -- The annual Veterans Day assembly at Clear Spring High School will be in the auditorium.

Organizers are expecting several guests, including U.S. Army Capt. Jake Michael, who recently completed a 15-month tour of Iraq.

Also on the program is Lori Sines, a social worker who served in the U.S. Army in the 1980s and 1990s.

o 11 a.m. -- Morris Frock Post 42, American Legion Auxiliary, will sponsor Veterans Day ceremonies on the steps of the Washington County Courthouse in Hagerstown.

The ceremonies will begin with the singing of the national anthem and reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the laying of wreaths in honor and memory of veterans by service organizations and officials of the city, county and state. Special recognition will be given to each branch of service with the cooperation of the local recruiting office.

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The guest speaker will be retired Chaplain Col. Richard W. Bower, who served for 30 years.

o 11:30 a.m. -- Hagerstown Community College will hold a Veterans Day concert in the College Center on HCC's main campus.

Musician Mark Rust will perform a variety of patriotic songs in honor of U.S. veterans. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

o 2 p.m. -- The annual Veterans Day ceremony will be at Smithsburg Veterans Park on West Water Street.

Retired Sgt. Maj. Dennis Wenthe, a member of the Smithsburg Town Council, will be the speaker.

Music will be provided by the Smithsburg Middle School Band. A canopy and chairs will be provided.

o 3 p.m. -- The Village at Robinwood is hosting a Veterans Day ceremony.

There will be a USMC color guard from a local unit honor veterans, as well as the readings of award citations that have been earned by local veterans. Each veteran will be honored with a gift during the standard military ceremony structure in the main dining room.

o 7 p.m. -- Trinity Lutheran Church of Hagerstown, Randolph and Potomac streets, will offer a free patriotic concert by the Heritage Brass Quintet, one of the U.S. military's full-time bands.

The Heritage Brass Quintet hails from Langley Air Force base in Virginia.

Veterans are invited to come and be recognized. The general public is welcome to attend.

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