Memorial Day observances scheduled

May 21, 2010

Saturday, May 29

o Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, 9:30 a.m. -- Observance includes a color guard from AMVETS Post 10, bagpiper Rick Conrad and a Civil War re-enactor campout in the cemetery through Sunday afternoon. Featured speaker is Thomas B. Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, who was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

o Sharpsburg -- A wreath-laying ceremony will be at 11 a.m. in front of Sharpsburg's Town Hall. It includes a performance by The MacMillan Pipe Band. The Rohrersville Band to perform from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Parade starts at 1:30 p.m. at Sharpsburg Elementary School and follows Main Street to Antietam National Cemetery.

There will be a commemoration ceremony at Antietam National Cemetery at 3 p.m. The latter ceremony will feature music by the Boonsboro High School band, a wreath-laying, and the W.Va. Air National Guard honor guard from the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, W.Va.


Sunday, May 30

o The Joint Veterans Council to hold its traditional Memorial Day observance at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park in Halfway at 9 a.m. Speaker will be Maj. Mike Bowers, whose deployments with the Marines have included service in Iraq. The ceremony also will feature Boonsboro youth Michele Snavely singing the national anthem and an honor guard.

o Funkstown Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211 to host a wreath-laying ceremony at the 12 N. Westside Ave. post at 11 a.m. Then, legion officials will go to the memorial site by the Doughboy at Alternate U.S. 40 and Baltimore Street for a wreath-laying and dedication of a new monument for Funkstown veterans from the Korean and Vietnam wars.

o Services at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 17636 W. Washington St., 11 a.m., include featured speaker state Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington. American Legion Post 42 Honor Guard to present a memorial wreath service. Music and refreshments.

o Boonsboro -- Wreath-laying at 1 p.m. in front of Town Hall at the war memorial. The speaker will be Dennis "Mike" Duggan, a retired U.S. Army colonel from the Washington, D.C., area. Betty Snyder will sing the national anthem and "America, the Beautiful." There will be a 21-gun salute.

The 2 p.m. parade will move down Main Street, from the school complex to Reeder's Alley.

o Program to be held in front of the Washington County Courthouse, 95 W. Washington St., at 2 p.m. Hosted by Morris Frock Post 42 of the American Legion, the event will feature patriotic music and a wreath-laying ceremony for veterans groups and other organizations.

The speaker will be Rohrersville resident James H. Warner, a Silver Star recipient who was a Marine navigator and prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.

o Smithsburg -- Ceremony at Veterans Park on West Water Street at 6 p.m. Guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Paula Penson with the Air National Guard at Andrews Air Force Base. Includes wreath-layings and the dedication of an updated memorial plaque, which adds the name of a deceased Korean War veteran from Smithsburg, Sgt. Roy C. DeLauter.

Monday, May 31

o Hancock American Legion Post 26, 240 E. Main St., Hancock, 2:30 p.m. -- Ronald Bowers, a former Washington County Commissioner and a retired U.S. Army Reserve officer, will speak.

o Maugansville Ruritan Club, 18007 Maugans Ave., Maugansville, 10 a.m. -- Speakers include Ronald Bowers, a former Washington County Commissioner and a retired U.S. Army Reserve officer. The Veterans Memorial in front of the club building will be rededicated. A gazebo in Maugansville Community Park, donated by the Maugansville Historical Society to the Ruritan club, will be dedicated.

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