The building will be renamed the Robert W. Johnson Community Center in honor of Johnson and his contributions to the community and Washington County.
Johnson’s life reflected the adversities the community has overcome and diversity that enriches the area.
His actions were compatible to the hope that is offered at the center.
The event will include a ribbon cutting by the City of Hagerstown at the center, which is at 109 North Ave. in Hagerstown.
Speakers for the program include the Rev. Jackson, Ebenezer A.M.E. Church; the Rev. Nathan Bell of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts, Julianna Albowicz of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s office, state Sen. Joann Benson, Eugene “Yogi” Martin, City Councilman Lewis Metzner, City Councilman Donald Munson and Judge David Young.
The event will also feature entertainment and an unveiling of a new billboard and signage for the building.
The family of Robert W. Johnson will be present.
For more information, call Karen Cook, executive director of the Rec Center, at 301-790-0203.
‘Honoring Our Veterans’
The City of Hagerstown’s Neighborhood 1st — Medal of Honor Group will host “Honoring Our Veterans” on Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Medal of Honor Triangle at the intersection of Jonathan Street, Charles Street and Forest Drive across from ReStore.
The program will start with a wreath laying by Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts, followed by taps performed by Hagerstown AMVETS Post 10.
The program will resume at Wheaton Park, where a list with local veterans’ name will be acknowledged.
There will also be a recognition for Moses Norris, the event’s special honoree who served 35 years in the military.
There will be other highlights to honor those who have served in the military.
Bridge of Life, at 14 S. Potomac St., will hold movie night Saturday at 7 p.m.
The movie, popcorn and drinks are free.