Memorial Day celebrations honor those who gave everything for us

CHAMBERSBURG- For a lot of us, Memorial Day is a time for hot dogs and cookouts and expectations of the upcoming summer. 

For those of us with loved ones in the military, it often holds a different sentiment. 

Memorial Day a time to honor the men and women who died to serve this country so that we can know the freedoms we have today. 

Originally known as Declaration Day, Memorial Day actually began in the years following the Civil War and was recognized as a federal holiday in 1971, according to 

All of us at News Talk 103.7FM extend a sincere appreciation and gratitude for our troops, soldiers, veterans and all who served this country with honor and valor and gave the ultimate sacrifice for us. 

We hope you enjoy the holiday with friends and family this weekend and take a few moments to remember and honor the brave men and women who served the United States of America. 

Some of the Memorial Day celebrations near you include:

Monday, May 29

The Memorial Day Parade in downtown Chambersburg will begin at 9:15 a.m. and is sponsored by the 21-Day Retreat Organization. The events are being organized by American Legion Post 46. The parade route starts at 5th and Lincoln Way East and will end at Memorial Square where a ceremony will be held. 

A Memorial Day Concert will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Memorial Park in Chambersburg by the Cumberland Valley School of Music. 

The Combined Veterans Council of Waynesboro is hosting a Memorial Day parade at 9 a.m. that begins at Turkey Hill and continues down Main Street to Memorial Park where a service will be held usually around 11 a.m. 

A Memorial Day parade starting at 2:30 p.m. on South Carlisle Street will be held in Greencastle. 

The Joint Veterans Council of Shippensburg will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremonies and parade on Monday, May 29, beginning at 10 am at Locust Grove Cemetery (200 Ott Rd.), followed by services at Spring Hill Cemetery (114 N. Morris St.) at 11 am, and a flag-raising ceremony at Shippensburg Veterans Memorial Park (Park Pl.) at noon. At 1:15 pm, the Navy & Marine Memorial Services will be conducted at Brand Bridge on King Street. The Memorial Day Parade begins at 2 pm from the corner of King and Prince Streets. In the event of inclement weather, each unit returns to the post involved for refreshments and fellowship

The Harry Lackhove American Legion Post 517 is hosting a Memorial Day parade at 8:30 a.m. in Mercersburg. The parade starts on Park Street and ends at Fairview Cemetery where the ceremony will be held. 

Antietam National Battlefield will present a Memorial Day Program at the park’s National Cemetery at 11 a.m.. The Cemetery is located on Rt. 34, just east of Sharpsburg, MD.

A Memorial Day Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at the Halfway African American Cemetery in Hagerstown

The Gettysburg Joint Veterans Memorial Day Commission will hold a Memorial Day parade at 2 p.m. beginning at Lefever Street and ending at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at the Rostrum in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.

The Memorial Day Car Show at the Gettysburg Outlets will be held on Monday, May 29, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The event is free for all spectators.

The U.S. Army War College (USAWC) will host a solemn commemoration ceremony for Memorial Day at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC). The ceremony will include a wreath laying, a 21-gun salute courtesy of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, and a flyover from three vintage Korean War-era aircraft.  Join us at 11:20 am on Monday, May 29th, 2023, at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013. In case of poor weather conditions, the ceremony will move indoors. 

The Martinsburg (WV) Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 896 is hosting a free luncheon for the community at its 241 N. Queen St. post around noon. There will be a Memorial Day service during the luncheon.

To pay tribute to the veterans of Berkeley County, the Martinsburg Rotary will hold its annual Memorial Day pancake breakfast from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at the main pavilion at War Memorial Park. Proceeds will benefit charitable organizations.

Tuesday, May 30 

Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Veterans Park in Smithsburg, MD.