Memorial Day events planned throughout region

May 25, 2010

A host of activities in the Tri-State area are planned to remember and honor our nation's war dead during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Franklin County, Pa.

  • In Waynesboro, Pa., the family of Staff Sgt. Richard Tieman will serve as grand marshals for the annual Memorial Day parade, according to organizer Kathy Shaffer from the Combined Veterans Council.

    Tieman, of Waynesboro, Pa., died last week when his convoy was hit by a suicide bomber attack in Afghanistan.

    The parade will step off at 9 a.m. from CV Avenue and head east on Main Street before taking a right at Broad Street. The parade continues to Memorial Park, where a service will commence shortly after the parade ends. Retired Col. Steven Gonzales will be the keynote speaker, Shaffer said.

    Also, the 32 trees planted in 1949 to honor World War II veterans will be rededicated.

  • In Chambersburg, Pa., a parade will start on Fifth Avenue at 9:15 a.m.

    The parade will follow the regular route along U.S. 30 and across Memorial Square. It will disband at the bridge on Lincoln Way West.

  • In Greencastle, Pa., the parade will start at the intersection of South Allison and East Baltimore streets at 10:30 a.m. Led by the Greencastle Police Department and local military organizations, the parade will continue to Cedar Hill Cemetery west of town.

    There, 9-year-old Dusti Perkins of Hancock will sing the national anthem. Veterans will be invited to share stories from their time in the service, according to Dale Sheller from Greencastle VFW Post 6319.

    Student bands will perform, and Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will assist, Sheller said.

  • In Mercersburg, Pa., a parade will start off at 8:30 a.m. and conclude around 9 a.m. at the town cemetery, Mayor James Zeger said.

    Berkeley County, W.Va.

  • In Martinsburg, W.Va., the traditional Memorial Day service at War Memorial Park along North Tennessee Avenue will begin at 10 a.m., according to the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board.

    Separate from the service, a free pancake breakfast will be held at the park's main pavilion by the Martinsburg Rotary Club to raise money for polio vaccine to support immunization campaigns in developing countries.

    The breakfast begins at 7 a.m.

    Pancakes for Polio committee chairman Mike Hornby said the Rotary club hopes to raise at least $8,000 from the first-ever event.

    Through donations and sponsorships, the club has enough pancakes and sausage to feed 1,000 people, Hornby said.

    HMS Technologies Inc. of Martinsburg and Gridiron Legacy Football Teaching School near Berkeley Springs, W.Va., are the event's "major" sponsors, Hornby said.

  • On June 1, the Musselman-South Berkeley Community Library and the Shenandoah Valley chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host a "light" dinner to honor veterans for their service from 6:15 to 8 p.m. in the library. Individuals interested in attending should call 304-229-2220 by Friday. The event will feature music by the Blue & Grey Chorus.

    Jefferson County, W.Va.

  • Memorial Day services begin at 9 a.m. Monday with a parade beginning at the Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) Police Department, up Washington Street to Harpers Ferry Middle School, where a memorial service will begin.

    Cecil Tucker, commander of the Harpers Ferry/Bolivar Veterans Group, sponsors of the annual Memorial Day events, said this year's keynote speaker will be Henry B. Christie, a Charles Town, W.Va., chiropractor.

    Christie began his service career in 1974 when he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the military police, Tucker said. He was discharged in 1982.

    Christie and his wife, Karen, moved to Jefferson County from Elkins, W.Va., in 1986, Tucker said. He serves as chaplain for the Independent Fire Co.

    Morgan County, W.Va.

  • Paw Paw (W.Va.) will host its annual Memorial Day celebration starting with the 51st Memorial Day parade at 1 p.m. Saturday.

    The annual event in downtown Paw Paw features floats, classic cars, local marching bands, horses and Morgan County officials.

    Parade committee chairwoman Becky Pracht said American Legion Vice Commander Danny O'Brien Barrett from Martinsburg will participate in the event and will be the guest speaker at the Paw Paw Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. at the Paw Paw Veterans Monument.

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