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May 27, 2004|By Lori Sears

Memorial Day

Remember fallen heroes, loved ones and friends this Memorial Day weekend at ceremonial events taking place at several area cemeteries and venues.

At the Circle of the Immortals at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium Monday, there will be an honoring of Marylanders killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as a dedication to World War II veterans. The 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band will honor fallen soldiers, and Maryland Sings will perform. Speakers will include Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, the National Guard Bureau chief.

Baltimore National Cemetery will honor veterans with a ceremony and displays of pageantry Sunday. The ceremony will include a presentation of colors, a performance of "Taps," a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation and more. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jonathan Perlin, the deputy undersecretary for health of the Veterans Health Administration.

Ceremonies in honor of our lost soldiers will also take place at Loudon Park National Cemetery Sunday and Monday, and at Annapolis National Cemetery Monday.

The American Legion Towson Post 22 will present a World War II Expo Saturday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The public is invited to attend and to watch the live dedication of the National World War II Memorial in Washington on big screens at the expo at 2 p.m. There will also be live entertainment, presentations and talks.

The ceremony at the Circle of the Immortals, Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium, takes place at 11 a.m. Monday. Call 410-666-0490. The ceremony at the Baltimore National Cemetery, 5501 Frederick Ave., takes place at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Call 410-644-9696. The ceremonies at Loudon Park National Cemetery, 3445 Frederick Ave., will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday and at 11 a.m. Monday. Call 410-426-8190. The ceremony at Annapolis National Cemetery, 800 West St., takes place at 2 p.m. Monday. Call 410-644-9696. The World War II Expo runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. $5; $2 veterans; free for ages under 6. Call 410-823-0825.

Sheep dog trial

The sheep dog trial is the true test of a border collie's skills at herding livestock. Tomorrow through Monday, visitors to Steppingstone Farm Museum in Havre de Grace can watch border collies and handlers from all over the country (and Canada) compete at the Steppingstone Sheep Dog Trial. The competition entails dog and handler guiding unfamiliar sheep through an obstacle course. About 60 dogs will compete each day. And on Monday, there will be a demonstration by Gene Sheninger of New Jersey, handling two dogs simultaneously.

The event, which includes a festival, offers crafts, hand-woven goods, clothing, dog treats and dog and herding items for sale. There will be food available, raffles, face painting, storytelling (about dogs, of course), book-signings and tours of the museum (Saturday and Sunday).

The sheep dog trial and festival runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Steppingstone Farm Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace. $3; free for ages under 12. Call 410-939-2934.

`Liberty Week'

In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of D-Day, Baltimore is planning an array of "Liberty Week" events at the Inner Harbor Monday through the anniversary day of June 6. The Liberty ship John W. Brown, a cargo ship built during World War II, will be docked at the west wall of the Inner Harbor all week long and open for free tours. The John W. Brown is one of only two surviving (sailing) Liberty ships today. The other is the Jeremiah O'Brien, docked in San Francisco.

Other "Liberty Week" events include a Memorial Day ceremony at the Harborplace Amphitheatre, living history presentations, ceremonies to honor the Baltimore City Fire Department, talks by military historians and veterans, displays of military vehicles and equipment, period music, a fireworks show Saturday evening and a D-Day memorial ceremony June 6 with an aerial wreath drop and music by the 229th Army Band.

"Liberty Week" events run Monday through June 6 at the Inner Harbor. Free. Call 410-396-3453.

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