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Memorial Day Events Planned Around Loudoun

© Leesburg Today - 05/22/2015

There will be many ways to show support for the troops during the Memorial Day weekend in Loudoun.

The county's keynote event will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the Loudoun County Courthouse in Leesburg. The annual observance will commemorate those who have lost their lives in battle. Retired Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne, a former Marine Corps captain, will be the featured speaker. The ceremony is highlighted by the laying of the wreaths at the war memorials.

Earlier Monday morning, there will be a different kind of commemoration as One Loudoun in Ashburn hosts the Ringing Hope Race, which will raise funds to support two military support charities. The event features 5K and 10K races and a 1K fun run/walk. This year's participating charities include Boulder Crest Retreat, supporting military and veteran wellness near Bluemont; and Service Sources' Warrior Bridge Project, supporting veterans with disabilities. The event also will include music, kids' art, team challenges, massages at the finish line, moon bounces and face painting. The 5K starts at 8 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 and the fun run at 9:30. Registration is available at http://www.ringinginhope.com.

Another special event this year will be the march of 120 athletes from Harper's Ferry, WV, to Arlington National Cemetery. The ""Ruck to Remember"" mission seeks to honor veterans lost in war, in training, or through suicide from the effects of war. The march will pass through Loudoun and stop at several locations during the Memorial Day weekend. One stop on Saturday afternoon will be at the Purcellville Public Safety Center, where Chantilly-based Honor Brewing Co. will participate in an event that will include a tribute to a Purcellville resident, Army Spc. Stephan Mace, who was killed in 2009 by Taliban forces in Afghanistan. Gold Star mothers and wives, including Mace's mother, Vanessa Adelson, will participate. On Sunday, the group will stop at the Ashburn Fire Department around noon, and then participants plan to cross Arlington Memorial Bridge at sunrise Monday en route to an 8 a.m. ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. For more information, go to rucktoremember.org.

Other community events include:

Saturday, May 23

• 10:45 a.m., Round Hill Town Park; wreath laying ceremony and prayers as part of the Round Hill Hometown Festival. Information: roundhillva.org.

Monday, May 25

• 11 a.m. Sterling Memorial Day Service sponsored by the VFW and American Legion Post 150 at the war memorial at the intersection of Holly Avenue and Sterling Boulevard

• 11:30 a.m., Lovettsville Veterans Memorial Town Square. Ceremony includes recital of Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, guest speaker retired Maj. Gen. Hugh Buggs Forsythe, wreath laying and prayers. Information: lovettsvilleva.gov.

• 11:45 a.m., Purcellville Town Hall. Guest speaker Capt. Loren R. ""Rick"" Bremseth, deputy senior director of the Integration Support Directorate at the Pentagon. Wreath laying at the Teardrop-families may bring flowers. Traffic will be diverted from approximately 11:56 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Information: purcellvilleva.gov.

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