Memorial Day observances scheduled in Washington County

May 26, 2011

The following is a list of area observances scheduled for Memorial Day weekend:

Saturday, May 28

  • The city of Hagerstown presents a Flag Pole Dedication ceremony in tribute to Cpl. William Othello Wilson, the city's only Medal of Honor recipient, Saturday, 3 p.m., at the Medal of Honor Triangle at the intersection of Jonathan Street/Pennsylvania Avenue, Charles Street and Forest Drive. The Baltimore chapter of the 9th and 10th Buffalo Soldiers (Horse) Cavalry Association will present a cavalry-themed ceremony. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jerry Curry is keynote speaker. The Vision Quest National Museum in a Trailer, historical artifacts and documents from the Civil War through World War II, will be on the site throughout the day. The event is sponsored by Neighborhoods First of the Jonathan Street community.
  • The 144th annual Sharpsburg Memorial Day observance begins at 11 a.m. with a wreath-laying in the town square. A parade through town begins 1:30 p.m. Following the parade, a wreath-laying will be held at 3 p.m. at Antietam National Cemetery.
  • Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac St., in Hagerstown, holds a Memorial  Day Service Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Speaker is Arthur Callaham, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general. Military honors, bagpiper and more.

May 28-30

  • Washington Monument State Park hosts the "War Returns to South Mountain" living-history program Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Talks and living history demonstrations throughout the weekend will include the Civil War history of South Mountain during all three Confederate invasions, the hidden war sites along the Appalachian Trail and "The Red Cross of its Time," a display of care packages that were sent from home to soldiers on the battlefront.  Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., an authentic program about Cole's Maryland Cavalry.

Sunday, May 29

  • Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 hosts a Memorial Day ceremony and wreath-laying at 2 p.m. in front of the Washington County Courthouse on West Washington Street in Hagerstown. Patriotic music, color and honor guards, speakers, including guest speaker Timothy J. Cooke, the associate director of the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.
  • Memorial Day observance in Boonsboro, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Clopper Michael Post 10, begins with a wreath-laying ceremony and memorial service at the World War I monument in front of Town Hall at 1 p.m.,  followed by the annual holiday parade at 2 p.m.
  • Memorial Day Service, May 29, Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 17636 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, 11 a.m. Featured speaker is Gregory N. Jones, deputy secretary, Maryland Veterans Affairs. Memorial wreath, music.

Monday, May 30

  • Joint Veterans Council of Washington County holds a Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Wall at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway, Monday at 9 a.m. Speaker is former Marine Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • The annual Smithsburg Memorial Day ceremony will be held on Monday, May 30, at 6 p.m. at Veterans Park on West Water Street. The featured speaker will be James H. Warner, a Rohrersville resident who is a former Marine Corps aviator and Vietnam War prisoner of war. He also served in the White House as a domestic policy adviser to President Reagan during his second term. AMVETS Post 10 and members of the Marine Corps League will present the colors. The Smithsburg High School Band will provide music. A canopy and chairs will be provided.
  • Members of the military with substantial ties to Maryland and who have been killed since May 2010 while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan will be honored at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens' annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday at 10 a.m. The ceremony also pay tribute to those who gave their lives in Korea, Vietnam and World War II. The observance, which is free and open to the public, honors all those serving in the military. The program will conclude with a wreath-laying ceremony, roll call of honor, a 21-gun salute and taps. Addresses by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Brig. Gen. Peter C. Hinz. Among those being honored are Marine Lance Cpl. Maung Htaik, Hagerstown; Marine Cpl. Kurt S. Shea, Frederick; and Army Sgt. 1st Class Lance H. Vogeler, Frederick.

(Editor's note: This story was edited May 26 to correct the starting times and sequence of events in Sharpsburg on Saturday, May 28)

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