Memorial Day 2011 — Fly the Flag, Watch the Parade, Attend the Service
There are many ways to commemorate Memorial Day 2011 in the Greencastle-Antrim community.
A Fly Your Flag campaign has been initiated by three Greencastle organizations. VFW Post 6319, American Legion Post 373 and the Rescue Hose Company encourage residents to fly their American flags from now through Memorial Day. The banners will honor Master Sgt. Benjamin Bitner, a Greencastle native who was killed in action in Afghanistan on April 23. They will also honor the memory of all servicemen and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. A memorial service for Bitner, 37, Jackson Springs, N.C., will be held at 2 p.m. May 28 at the Special Events Center.
Plans have been made for the annual Memorial Day observance in the Greencastle-Antrim community, sponsored by the Greencastle American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
A parade and memorial ceremony will be held Monday, May 30, through downtown Greencastle and at the Cedar Hill Cemetery.
The parade will begin at Allison Street and proceed west on Baltimore Steet and through town to the Cedar Hill Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at the Veterans Memorial Rostrum in the cemetery at approximately 11 a.m.
Col. Joseph R. Seliciano from the Carlisle War College will be the speaker.
Those attending the service should bring chairs.