Memorial Day observances

May 27, 2012
  • In thie Herald-Mail file photo, Philip Stotelmyer of the Marine Corps League of Hagerstown- Bulldog Detachment salutes after placing one of many wreaths during a wreath-laying ceremony in Sharpsburg.
Herald-Mail file photo

The following area ceremonies are planned in observance of Memorial Day:


  • Morris Frock American Legion Post Auxiliary will host a ceremony in front of the Washington County Courthouse, West Washington Street, Hagerstown, 2 p.m.
  • Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 17636 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, 11 a.m., memorial wreath-laying and service by American Legion Post 42 Honor Guard. Featured speaker is Del. John P. Donoghue. Music and refreshments.
  • Wreath-laying and parade by Clopper-Michael Unit 10, Ladies Auxiliary, Boonsboro American Legion. Ceremony and memorial service at the World War I monument in front of Boonsboro Town Hall at 1 p.m., followed by the annual holiday parade at 2 p.m. on North Main Street.


  • Rest Haven Cemetery 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, 11 a.m. More than 300 American flags donated by the families of veterans will be flown throughout the day to honor the veterans, their families and loved ones. Bagpipes will play, and the Appalachian Wind Quintet will perform a concert at the top of the hill adjacent to Rest Haven’s Funeral Home and Chapel.
  • The Beaver Creek and Mt. Lena communities will join to hold a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Lena United Methodist Church Road, 21234 Mt. Lena Road, Boonsboro.


  • Washington County Joint Veterans Council, Martin L. “Marty” Snook Memorial Park, Halfway, 9 a.m.. The speaker is Maj. Stewart M. Hickey, national executive director of AMVETS. At 3 p.m., the veterans council will meet with the mayor and Sharpburg Town Council to install nine street markers in memory of veterans killed in action.
  • Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211, 12 N. Westside Ave., Funkstown, 11 a.m., wreath-laying at Legion post, followed by a second wreath-laying at the town monument.
  • Ceremony will be held at Smithsburg’s Veterans Park on West Water Street at 6 p.m. Music by the Smithsburg High School band, color guard from AMVETS Post 10, canopy and chairs. The featured speaker will be Chief Master Sgt. Roland Shambaugh of the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard. Shambaugh, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., is a 29-year veteran of the U. S. Air Force and served in both of the Gulf Wars. 
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