Memorial Day events in the Tri-State area
(Thanks to Julie Greene for compiling this list of events!)
WE DON'T KNOW THEM ALL ...
BUT WE OWE THEM ALL
Vietnam Monument, Hagerstown, Maryland
We will not be holding a formal ceremony at the Monument but would encourage and invite individuals to stop by the Monument to pay their respects and honor the 17 men from Washington County as well as all other men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
The town of Sharpsburg will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at Town Square at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, followed by its Memorial Day parade down Main Street at 2 p.m. Weather permitting, the Hagerstown Aviation Museum will conduct a flyover with its World War II PT-19 trainers as the parade begins. This year’s theme is “The Greatest Generation.” World War II veterans, Wilbur Jackson “Jack” Myers of the Hagerstown area and Sgt. Guy Whidden of Braddock Heights, Md., are parade grand marshals and will speak during the 11 a.m. ceremony.
Field of Flags
The Sunrise Rotary Club of Hagerstown is hosting a Flags for Heroes ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Long Meadows Rotary Park on Northern Avenue to honor past and present heroes.
Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 will host a Memorial Day ceremony in front of the Washington County Courthouse in downtown Hagerstown at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29.
The auxiliary for the Boonsboro American Legion, Clopper-Michael Post 10, is sponsoring the annual Memorial Day parade down Main Street starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29. A wreath-laying ceremony and memorial service will be held first, at 1 p.m., in front of Town Hall.
Marty Snook Park
The Joint Veterans Council of Washington County will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at the war memorial in Martin “Marty” L. Snook Memorial Park in Halfway at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 30.
Rest Haven Funeral Home and Cemetery will commemorate Memorial Day at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, with live music, prayer, a reading and the flying of dozens of American flags that once draped local veterans’ caskets. A bagpiper will perform “Amazing Grace,” volunteer buglers will play “Echo Taps,” and the Appalachian Wind Quintet will perform a selection of patriotic songs.
Antietam National Cemetery
Antietam National Battlefield will resume its Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the park’s National Cemetery following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. Sharpsburg Elementary’s fifth-graders were scheduled to place 5,000 flags, one for every headstone at the cemetery, on Thursday.
The Funkstown American Legion Dixon-Troxell Post 211, the post’s auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion are co-hosting wreath-laying ceremonies at two war memorials in town starting at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30.
After laying wreaths at the stone memorial by the Legion post, at 12 N. Westside Ave., participants will head a few blocks down Baltimore Street to the doughboy statue at Frederick Road for a second wreath-laying ceremony.
The Smithsburg Park Commission is hosting a ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, May 30, by the war memorial in Veterans Park. The keynote speaker is retired Army Col. Derek Harvey.
The Harry Lackhove American Legion Post 517 is hosting a Memorial Day parade at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, in Mercersburg, followed by a ceremony. The parade starts on Park Street by Mercersburg Elementary School and proceeds down Main Street to Fairview Cemetery, where the ceremony will be held. If it rains, the ceremony will be held at the Legion post at 9 a.m.
The Harry D. Zeigler Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6319 is hosting a Memorial Day parade starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, by the Lillian S. Besore Memorial Library and heading west on Baltimore Street to the Cedar Lawn Cemetery. A ceremony will be held at the cemetery following the parade.
Waynesboro’s Combined Veterans Council is hosting a Memorial Day parade at 9 a.m. Monday, May 30, followed by a ceremony that usually begins around 11 a.m. The parade starts by the Turkey Hill car wash and goes down Main Street before turning right on Broad Street and ending at Memorial Park, where the service will be held. If the ceremony needs to move indoors due to inclement weather, it will be held at 11 a.m. at the American Legion at 63 E. Main St.
The 21-Day Retreat Organization is sponsoring a Memorial Day parade and ceremony in Chambersburg on Monday, May 30. The parade begins at 9:15 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and Lincoln Way East, heading west on Lincoln Way to Memorial Square, where the ceremony will be held. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Legion post at 755 Philadelphia Ave.
West Virginia Martinsburg
The Martinsburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 896 is hosting a free luncheon for the community at its 241 N. Queen St. post around noon on Monday, May 30. There will be a Memorial Day service during the luncheon. Earlier in the day, the Rotary Club of Martinsburg is hosting a free community pancake breakfast at the main pavilion in War Memorial Park. The breakfast is from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Rotary International’s mission to eradicate polio throughout the world.