The annual Memorial Day celebration at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, which salutes the men and women of the armed forces who have paid the highest price in defense of the United States of America, will take place Monday, May 26 at 10:00 a.m.
This year’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony will honor Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo of the United States Navy, the only Maryland fatality in the past 12 months. Petty Officer Mayo, a Hagerstown native, was fatally shot on March 24, 2014, while trying to stop a civilian gunman from harming a shipmate.
The Memorial Day Ceremony will also pay tribute to those who gave their lives in Korea, Vietnam and World War II. Following memorial addresses, family members of the fallen will be presented with a memorial plaque depicting the image of the folded American flag. The observance, which is free and open to the public, honors all those serving in the military. The program will conclude with a Wreath-Laying Ceremony, Roll Call of Honor, a 21-gun salute and Taps.
DATE: Monday, May 26, 2014
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Circle of the Immortals,
200 East Padonia Road, Timonium, 21093
INFO: 410-666-0490, www.dulaneyvalley.com
*Janice Chance, President, Maryland Chapter, American Gold Star Mothers, will give a memorial address. Janice is the mother of Marine Captain Jesse Melton, III, who died on September 2008 in Parwan Province, Afghanistan.
*Keynote speaker is Mary Gail Hare, Retired Staff Writer, The Baltimore Sun.
*Leading the Pledge of Allegiance will be members of the Historic Elkridge Young Marines, a youth organization dedicated to community service.
* A convoy of members of the Patriot Guard Riders, a national group of motorcyclists most of whom are military veterans, will attend this year’s ceremony.
*229th Maryland Army National Guard Band
*Color guard units from the Maryland National Guard, the Korean War Veterans Association and the Elkridge Young Marines.
*Congressman C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, III
*Brigadier General Scott Kelly, Maryland Air National Guard
*Col. William Sean Lee, Command Chaplain, Maryland National Guard
*US Marine Corps. will lay wreaths at the WWII/Korean War Memorial, Children of Liberty Memorial
*Maryland Sings, under the direction of Bill Myers
*Jon Wikstrom, singer and songwriter
*Robert McCurdy, Bagpiper
MEMORIAL DAY BACKGROUND:
*Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens has welcomed the public to its annual observance of Memorial Day since 1967. More than 3,000 veterans are buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
*The ceremony is held in Dulaney Valley’s Circle of Immortals, an area dedicated in 1967 and reserved for Marylanders killed in action. Thirty-two veterans, killed in action, during the Vietnam War and the conflict in Iraq are buried in this area.
*The Children of Liberty Memorial, which was added to the Circle in 1990, is dedicated to Maryland servicemen and women who died at the hands of terrorists. It includes a plaque dedicated to the seven Maryland servicemen who lost their lives in the 1991 Liberation of Kuwait, the names of the three Maryland servicemen killed in 2000 aboard the USS Cole and the names of the servicemen killed in the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon.
*The Circle of the Immortals is also home to the official Baltimore County World War II/Korean War Memorial, dedicated in 1998.
For More information: Mary Auld, [email protected], 410-666-0490
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