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Woodsboro annual Memorial Day services

Chris Patterson
The Gazette

The theme of this year's Woodsboro American Legion annual Memorial Day services and parade Sunday is "A Tribute to Our Past Legion Commanders."

The parade has been a 100-year tradition in Woodsboro, according to Michael Strausbough, who chairs a committee that puts it all together.

"I start working on the parade in the fall each year, and the real prep begins in March," Strausbough said. "...The American Legion has been hosting it for more than 20 years."

The five-member committee is made up of representatives from the legion, Sons/Grandsons of the American Legion (SAL), and Auxiliary family.

The wreath-laying ceremony will kick off the day at 9:30 a.m. at the War Memorial at the north end of town.

Parade participants will start out at Mount Hope Cemetery and continue down Main Street to Coppermine Road. They will continue down Second Street, and end up at the American Legion on Liberty Road, where the post and the Sons of the American Legion will hold a memorial service.

"We estimate approximately 75 to 100 marchers in the parade, and we have several hundred visitors that line the parade route as well as attend the afternoon memorial service," Strausbough said.

This year, the American Legion will honor its past commanders and auxiliary presidents during the memorial service at the legion's home at the top of Elizabeth Street. SAL Commander Dwight Reynolds will speak, and there will also be a guest speaker for the American Legion.

In addition, a bagpipe band will play "Amazing Grace" at the memorial service, and the Walkersville Middle School band will perform. Weather permitting, the legion will reveal a mural of the post. At the conclusion of the service, a memorial wreath will be laid at the American Legion Post Home War memorial, followed by a rifle salute and taps.

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