Memorial Day Commemoration in Sharpsburg
Contact: Antietam Battlefield, 301 432-5124
The 142nd Memorial Day Commemoration will be held in Sharpsburg, Maryland on May 23, 2009. One of the oldest Memorial Day traditions in the United States will continue in Sharpsburg on Saturday beginning with a wreath laying ceremony at the Town Hall at 11:00 AM, followed by the Annual Memorial Day Parade at 1:30 PM.
Following the parade at 3:00 PM the commemoration at the Antietam National Cemetery will take place. The ceremony will consist of music presented by the Boonsboro High School Band and the presentation of colors by the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard Base Honor Guard. All are invited to attend this ceremony.
The public, local residents, and battlefield visitors should be prepared for traffic delays in and around Sharpsburg on Maryland Routes 34 and 65 from about 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. and consider alternate routes as appropriate. The parade begins at the Sharpsburg Elementary School, proceeds along Main Street (Route 34) and ends at the Antietam National Cemetery.
For additional information please contact the park staff at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center at 301-432-5124.
Did You Know?
Over 500 cannons participated in the Battle of Antietam, firing over 50,000 rounds of ammunition. The cannonade was so severe that Confederate artillery commander Colonel S.D. Lee described the battle as "artillery hell."