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Local Veterans Day observances

November 04, 2012

Following is a list of events planned in observance of Veterans Day:

Thursday

Hagerstown Community College — Students in the Veterans Club at Hagerstown Community College will hold a Veterans Day event today at 11 a.m. in the Student Center on HCC’s main campus. The event will include a presentation of colors by the Bulldog Detachment of the Marine Corps League and an invocation by Pastor John Miller. Immediately following the ceremony, the documentary “Restrepo,” a feature-length film that chronicles the deployment of a U.S. platoon in Afghanistan, will be shown at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center conference room. Snacks will be provided by the Veterans Club. The event is free and open to the public.

Grace Academy — The school at 13321 Cearfoss Pike will hold a Veterans Day program today at 2 p.m. The program will include the elementary choir and bells, high school ensemble and patriotic readings and songs. The community is invited.

Friday, Nov. 9

Boonsboro High School and Clopper Michael Post 10 of the American Legion will hold a program to honor veterans at the high school Friday at 10 a.m. It will feature music and guest speakers, and is open to the public.

Clear Spring High School — The school will host its annual Veterans Day assembly Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the school auditorium at 12630 Broadfording Road. Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient Larry Michael will be the guest speaker.

Northern Middle School — The school is holding a staff versus students flag football game at 4:15 p.m. at North Hagerstown High School’s old track. After the game, from 5 to 5:30 p.m., military displays will be open at Northern Middle and there will be a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. featuring the Northern Middle School show choir. The event is free, but donations will be accepted to support the South Washington County Military Support Group.

Sunday, Nov. 11

Halfway — The Joint Veterans Council of Washington County is hosting a 9 a.m. ceremony at the Veterans memorial wall in Martin L. “Marty” Snook Memorial Park. The speaker will be Robert “Bo” Myers, a Marine veteran. AMVETS and the Marine Corps League will provide color guards. The ceremony includes wreath-layings by veterans and civic groups.

Hagerstown — Morris Frock Unit 42, American Legion Auxiliary, will host a Veterans Day wreath-laying service at the Washington County Courthouse on West Washington Street on Sunday at 11 a.m. This year’s program will be a salute to Korean War veterans. The speaker will be William L. Bishop, commander of Antietam Chapter 312, Korean War Veterans Association. During the ceremony, eastbound West Washington Street will be closed from Jonathan Street to Public Square from 11 a.m. to noon. Any organizations wishing to lay a wreath should contact Marilyn Hembrock, chairwoman of the event, at 301-432-4376 or send an email to hembrocm@myactv.net.

Smithsburg — A Veterans Day ceremony will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Veterans Park in Smithsburg. The guest speaker will be Maj. Gen. Charles W. Lyons, director of operations for Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

Hancock United Methodist Church, 168 W. Main St., Hancock, offers a free chicken dinner Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. to any veteran and a guest from the Tri-State area. For information, call 301-678-6440.

Monday, Nov. 12

Sharpsburg — The Antietam 236 American Legion family is hosting a Veterans Day ceremony at Sharpsburg’s Town Square at 11 a.m. Fourth- and fifth-graders from Sharpsburg Elementary, who have been given small American flags, will walk from the school to the ceremony and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The ceremony includes a performance by the Boonsboro High School chorus, a wreath-laying, and an honor guard from the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard from Martinsburg, W.Va. The speaker will be Antietam National Battlefield Park Ranger Keith Snyder, who is a Navy veteran. Veterans in attendance will be honored.

Potomac Heights Elementary School — The school is holding a Veterans Day ceremony at the 301 E. Magnolia Ave. school’s auditorium at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony will include a speaker, student performances, and the presentation of a special flag by Sgt. Laura Peters to honor the late 1st Lt. Ashley White-Stumpf. After the ceremony, balloons carrying the names of veterans and service members from Potomac Heights families will be released outside. The public is invited.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Western Heights Middle School — The school is holding a Veterans Day concert at the 1300 Marshall Street school’s auditorium at 6:30 p.m. The school’s symphonic band will perform patriotic music and students will present spoken-word performances.

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