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Veterans Day ceremonies in area

(Nov. 7, 2014) America’s military veterans will be honored during ceremonies next week at several locations.

Ocean City:

• American Legion Synepuxent Post 166: The American Legion Synepuxent Post 166 will hold a joint Veterans Day program this year on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at its 24th Street location. Included in the Legion family in hosting the event will be Unit 166 Junior Auxiliary, Unit 166 Senior Auxiliary, Squadron 166 Sons of the American Legion and Chapter 166 American Legion Riders. Joining the American Legion will be the Ocean City VFW, the Ocean City Elks Lodge, the Ocean City Lions Club, the First State Marine Corp League, Boy Scout Troop 261, Ocean City 1091 of the Vietnam Veterans of America and Stephen Decatur High School Navy Junior ROTC.

Retired Master Sgt. Jim Williams of Cumberland will be the keynote speaker. Williams is in the Reflection Image of the Vietnam Wall painted by Lee Teeter. There will be a wreath-laying ceremony and gun-firing salute. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

For more information, contact Commander Sarge Garlitz at commander166@msn.com or call 443-735-1942 or Adjutant Tom Wengert at television9153@yahoo.com or call 443-994-2513.

Ocean Pines:

• The Worcester County Veterans Memorial: The Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation will honor veterans in its 11th annual Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. The event will take place at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines. The memorial is located on Route 589 between Manklin Creek and Cathell roads. All veterans will be honored, but there will be a special recognition for those who served during the Iraq War from 2003 to 2010.

Master Sgt. James Williams of the U.S. Air Force will give an address and wreaths will be presented. Ribbons will be given out to Iraq War veterans. Attendees are asked to bring a chair, though some will be provided on a first-come basis. If inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the Community Church of Ocean Pines on Racetrack and Beauchamp roads. 

For more information, contact John Lemon at 410-208-4568 or Lou Etta McClaflin at louetta@mcclaflin.com.

• Wreaths Across America: The Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation asks members of the community to participate in Wreaths Across America for the sixth year. For $15, the purchased wreath will be laid at a national cemetery during the holiday season. The project originated with wreaths being placed at Arlington National Cemetery, but it has grown to include veterans’ cemeteries nationwide and overseas. Wreaths will be placed at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock on Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. It will follow a short ceremony in the cemetery chapel. To sponsor a wreath, complete the form found at www.opvets.com and mail it with a check addressed to “Wreaths Across America” to P.O. Box 1576, Ocean Pines, Md. 21811. The deadline is Nov. 28.

For more information on Wreaths Across America, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.


• Wor-Wic Community College Veterans Ceremony: Wor-Wic’s Veterans and Military Association will sponsor its sixth annual Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, Nov. 10 at noon in Guerrieri Hall at Wor-Wic Community College. The half an hour program honors student veterans from each branch of the military on campus. The Coast Guard, Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy will all be represented. Students from the Army will be giving a welcome address and singing the National Anthem. The Pledge of Allegiance will be given by a National Guard and criminal justice-law enforcement student. The invocation and benediction will be given by veteran Navy students. 

Five veteran students from each branch of the military will share a three- to five-minute speech on what Veteran’s Day means to them.

The college has more than 200 veterans registered for the fall semester and it has the largest student veteran’s population on the Eastern Shore. To allow veteran students to participate in more than one Veterans Day event, Wor-Wic hold the ceremony the day before Veterans Day.

For more information, contact Fred Howard at 410-334-2882.

• Peninsula Regional Flu Shots: Free Flu shots will be offered to all veterans and their spouses for the third year on Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 2-5 p.m. at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC). The event will be held in the auditorium of the Avery W. Hall Educational Center located on the corner of Waverly Drive and Vine Street in Salisbury.

Free parking will be available in Garage B and military IDs are required. PRMC has a strong connection with veterans, many of the doctors are active in the reserves and help soldiers overseas. The exact land where the hospital sits today was the spot of a medical tent during the Civil War.

For more information, contact Robert Follebout at 410-543-7766.


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