Ceremony honors those who gave lives


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HAGERSTOWN -- Cole Barnhart of Hagerstown is being deployed to Iraq in September and will leave Tuesday -- the day after Memorial Day -- to begin training with his U.S. Marine Corps Reserves unit.

On Sunday, Barnhart brought his wife and four sons to a Memorial Day ceremony in front of the Washington County Circuit Court building to honor those who have died while in service.

About 50 people attended the annual event organized by Morris Frock American Legion Post 42. About 25 wreaths were laid during the ceremony. Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and Councilmen Martin E. Brubaker and Lewis C. Metzner placed a wreath on behalf of the city. The Rev. Clark Carr of Grace United Methodist Church spoke during the event.


Carr completed a tour in Iraq with the Maryland Army National Guard as the chaplain of the 58th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Barnhart, a chief warrant officer, has been in the reserves for 18 years and said this will be his first tour in Iraq.

With a 2-week-old son, Barnhart said now is a bad time to be deployed, but he is eager to serve his country.

"I'm prepared to go where they need me," Barnhart said.

Don Fitz, 73, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., served in the Army National Guard from 1953 to 1963 and said he attended Sunday's ceremony to "honor the guys who are still over there ... and the ones who went before."

Glenn Trumpower's family has a combined 150 years of military service. Trumpower, 74, of Falling Waters, W.Va., contributed 20 of those years serving in the U.S. Army. He did two tours in the Vietnam War and said joining the military was the best decision he ever made.

"I love my country," he said. "My country was good to me."

Trumpower said he attended Sunday's ceremony to honor men and women who served in all branches of the military.

"I respect those who died for their country," he said. "I could have ... and I didn't, and I respect them."

He said it's important for others to respect veterans, as well.

"Everyone who walks down the street and sees a veteran should say 'thank you,'" Trumpower said.

David Schaible, 68, of Hagerstown, served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969, and said he attended Sunday's ceremony to honor fallen servicemen and servicewomen.

"It's important to show our support to the troops ... past and present," he said.

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