BOONSBORO — In describing the life of many military members, 1st Sgt. Starlene Hamilton started by reminding the crowd at Boonsboro’s Memorial Day ceremony that often those servicemen and servicewomen began their military careers as recent high school graduates.
They were probably student-athletes and had a high school sweetheart who either broke up with them when they left or swore would wait for them when they returned, said Hamilton, 49, of Williamsport.
While they love music, they also love “the sound and smell of a 16-inch round when it leaves the chamber, especially when it hits black on a target 500 yards away,” she said.
Hamilton was the main speaker at Boonsboro’s downtown wreath-laying ceremony Sunday afternoon, which preceded the Memorial Day parade.
At times Hamilton smiled during her speech.
“They might have trouble spelling, except for ‘love always,’ but they can field strip a rifle in less than 30 seconds and can reassemble it with their eyes closed. They couldn’t remember the answers to a test in high school, but they can recite all 11 general orders,” she said.