Veterans Day ceremonies planned in Washington Co.

November 04, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

During the coming week, a number of Veterans Day ceremonies will be held.

Sunday, Nov. 8

Approximately 10:30 a.m. -- Funkstown American Legion Post 211 will hold a Veterans Day ceremony, laying a wreath at the veterans memorial on legion property before proceeding to the veterans monument at the intersection of Baltimore Street and Alt. U.S. 40 to lay a wreath.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

9 a.m. -- Southern Fulton Elementary School's auditorium in Warfordsburg, Pa., will host a Veterans Day event. Retired Navy Cmdr. William Hine of Harrisonville, Pa., will speak and local veterans will talk about what it means to be a veteran. Veterans from Fulton County, Pa., are invited to be recognized. The event is open to the public as long as seating is available.

The ceremony is being organized by U.S. Air Force and Vietnam-era veteran Marlin Lynch, who lives near Warfordsburg.

The school is creating a temporary wall of honor, featuring photos of veterans and active military personnel from Fulton County, Principal Kendra Trail said. Photos, with the name, rank and address of the veteran/military member may be sent to Kendra Trail, c/o Southern Fulton Elementary School, 3072 Great Cove Road, Warfordsburg, PA 17267.


4 p.m. -- The City of Hagerstown is hosting a Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Memorial Boulevard Veterans Monument on East Memorial Boulevard, across the street from Bester Elementary School. A student from the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts will sing.

6:30 p.m. -- Salem Avenue Elementary's third- and fifth-graders will perform a Salute to Heroes program honoring veterans and members of emergency services.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

9 a.m. -- The Joint Veterans Council of Washington County will host a Veterans Day ceremony at the veterans memorial in Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway. Jim Warner of Rohrersville, who was a Vietnam War prisoner of war, will speak. The Marine Corps League color guard from AMVETS Post 10 will present the colors. There will be a wreath-laying. Boonsboro High School student Brian Poffenberger will sing the national anthem. Wayne Taylor, vice president of the council, will be the master of ceremonies.

10:30 a.m. -- Clear Spring High School is hosting a Veterans Day ceremony in its auditorium. Local veterans and the public are invited. Clear Spring resident and retired Coast Guard Cmdr. Jeffrey Brandt will speak. There will be patriotic readings and music by the Clear Spring High School band and show choir. A slide show will honor veterans related to Clear Spring High School students and faculty.

11 a.m. -- The American Legion Auxiliary from the Morris Frock post will host a Veterans Day ceremony at the Washington County Courthouse on West Washington Street in Hagerstown. U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles William Lyon, a Smithsburg High School graduate, will be the speaker. Service organizations will lay wreaths in honor of veterans, and there will be patriotic music and a gun salute by Morris Frock Post 42's honor guard.

11 a.m. -- Williamsport American Legion will host a Veterans Day ceremony at the legion, 400 S. Conococheague St. Speakers will include American Legion Department of Maryland Commander Orlyn Oestereich of Boonsboro and American Legion Auxiliary Department of Maryland President Mary Lou Kline. Springfield Middle School Band will perform and there will be a wreath-laying.

11 a.m. -- Antietam American Legion Post 236 will host a Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony in Sharpsburg Town Square. The event will feature the base honor guard of the W.Va. Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing from Martinsburg, W.Va.; the Saint James School Choir; and guest speaker Keith Snyder, a park ranger at Antietam National Battlefield. Veterans are invited to attend so they can be honored for their service. The public is encouraged to attend and support the veterans.

Noon to 1 p.m. -- Valley Mall in Halfway is hosting a Veterans Day performance by the New Horizons Band.

2 p.m. -- Hagerstown Community College will host a Veterans Day event organized by the Student Veterans Organization. The ceremony will take place at the flag pole in front of the administration building. The guest speaker will be Marine Capt. Robert T. "Bo" Myers, a Vietnam War-era veteran who also is director of athletics and leisure studies at HCC. The Washington County Sheriff's Department will hold an honor guard ceremony, including a 21-gun salute and presentation of the colors. There will be a moment of silence for fallen veterans and a space to place mementos or wreaths.

2 p.m. -- Smithsburg's annual Veterans Day ceremony will be at Veterans Park on Water Street. Featured speaker is Lt. Col. Jeffery M. Rives, comptroller for the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard. Music by Smithsburg Middle School Band. Canopy and chairs will be provided.

7 p.m. -- Hickory Elementary School in Halfway is hosting a Veterans Day concert. Third-graders will present "A Patriotic Tribute to Our Veterans," which will include several patriotic songs and the theme songs for each military branch. All veterans are welcome. Veterans will be presented a certificate honoring them for their service. Students will recite information about the history of Veterans Day. There will be a pictorial PowerPoint presentation. The Civil Air Patrol will present the colors.

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