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 is 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 history.com. 

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:

Saturday, May 25 

The town of Sharpsburg will commemorate Memorial Day on Saturday, May 25, with a ceremony on the town square at 11 a.m. and the annual Memorial Day Parade starting at 2:00 p.m. In keeping with a wonderful tradition, the Sharpsburg Elementary School 5th grade class will place 5,000 flags at the National Cemetery, one for every headstone, on May 23, in preparation for the holiday.

Sunday, May 26

The Morris Frock American Legion will hold its Memorial Day service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in front of the Washington County Courthouse at the corner of Summit Avenue and West Washington Street, Hagerstown.

The annual Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade, sponsored by the Boonsboro American Legion Clopper-Michael Unit #10 Auxiliary, will be held on Sunday, May 26th on Main Street. The event begins with the wreath laying ceremony and memorial service at the World War I monument in front of Town Hall at 1:00 pm followed by the annual holiday parade on Main Street at 2:00pm

Monday, May 27

The Cumberland Valley 21 Day Retreat will host the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27, 2024 starting at 8:45 AM in Chambersburg.  It will include the closure of Lincoln Way from 5th Avenue to the Square.

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

The Joint Veterans Council of Shippensburg will start the day off with the ceremony at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day at Locust Grove Cemetery. A flag-raising ceremony at Shippensburg Veterans Memorial Park will be held at noon, followed shortly with the annual parade. The guest speaker will be Jake Burke.

The parade will kick off at 2 p.m. and start at the corner of King and Prince streets.

The Harry Lackhove American Legion Post 517 is hosting a Memorial Day parade at 8:30 a.m. in Mercersburg. Parade participants will assemble adjacent to Mercersburg Elem School at 8:00 A.M. for parade and services at 9:00 A.M. at Fairview Cemetery. 

The National Park Service (NPS) will commemorate Memorial Day at Antietam National Battlefield on May 27th at 11am The program will take place at Antietam National Cemetery, located on Route 34, just east of Sharpsburg.

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 27, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The event is free for all spectators.

The Carlisle American Legion Post 826 will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on May 27 at 148 W. Penn St., Carlisle. The event will include a flag ceremony, wreath laying and a guest speaker. 

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) The USAHEC will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 11:20 a.m. May 27 at 950 Soldiers St., Carlisle. The 1-108th field artillery regiment will provide the salute and the Carlisle Town Band will provide music during the event. 

Thursday, May 30
Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at 4 to 5 p.m. Veterans Park in Smithsburg, MD.