(Nov. 8, 2013) Ceremonies honoring America’s military veterans are slated for this Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, in Ocean City and Ocean Pines. All Veterans Day events are free and open to the public.
• American Legion Synepuxent Post 166: The American Legion Synepuxent Post 166 will host a program on Monday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. at its 24th Street location. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8296 will co-host the event, and the following groups will say a few words: Post 166 Color Guard, Squadron 166 Sons of the American Legion, Unit 166 Auxiliary, Unit 166 Junior Auxiliary, Chapter 166 American Legion Riders, Stephen Decatur High School Navy Junior ROTC, Boy Scout Troop 261, Unit 8296 Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, First State Marine Corp League and the newly formed Ocean City Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
There will be a wreath-laying ceremony and gun-firing salute. Refreshments will follow the program.
• Worcester County Veterans Memorial: The Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation will honor veterans at its 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines.
All veterans will be honored, but there will be special recognition of those who served during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Chief Master Sgt. William T. Wild III of the U.S. Air Force will deliver an address and there will be a presentation of wreathes. The new expansion to the memorial, Patriots’ Pathway, will be dedicated during the ceremony.
Those attending are asked to bring a chair, though some will be provided on a first-come basis. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the Community Church at Ocean Pines on Racetrack and Beauchamp roads.
The memorial is on Route 589 between Manklin Creek and Cathell roads.
•Wreaths Across America: The Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation is again asking members of the community to participate in Wreaths Across America this year. For $15, participants can buy a wreath to be laid at a national cemetery during the holiday season.
The Wreaths Across America project was founded in 1992 by the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Me. The original intent was to place wreaths at the gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery, though the project has grown to include veterans’ cemeteries nationwide and overseas. Wreaths will be placed simultaneously in more than 250 cemeteries, including the local Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, at 10 a.m. on Dec. 14.
This is the fifth year the Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation will be involved with the program.
To sponsor a wreath, complete the form found at www.opvets.com and mail it with a check addressed to “Wreaths Across America” to WC Veterans Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 1576, Ocean Pines, Md. 21811. The deadline is Nov. 22.
For more information about Wreaths Across America, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.