Members of the military with ties to Maryland who were killed while serving in Iraqi and Afghanistan, will be honored at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens’ annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The traditional ceremony will take place Monday, May 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., in the Circle of the Immortals, Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. The observance is free and open to the public.
The Memorial Day Ceremony will also pay tribute to those who gave their lives in Korea, Vietnam and World War II. Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Maryland Edward Chow, Jr., a Vietnam War veteran, will be the keynote speaker.
Congressman “Dutch” Ruppersburger and Brigadier General Allyson Solomon, Maryland’s Senior Air National Guard Officer, will give memorial addresses. The ceremony will also include the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band, as well as color guard units from the Maryland National Guard, the Patriot Guard Riders, and the Elkridge Young Marines. Other participants include: Col. William Sean Lee, Command Chaplain, Maryland National Guard; American Flag Foundation, Inc.; and Maryland Sings, under the direction of Bill Myers. The organization, Veterans Moving Forward, which provides service dogs to veterans with both physical and mental health challenges, will also participate in the ceremony.
Among those who will be honored are:
*Air Force Master Sgt. Tara R. Brown, Bowie, Maryland, April 27, 2011
*Army Sgt. Jameel T. Freeman, Baltimore, Maryland, August 11, 2011
*Army Sgt. Barun Rai, Silver Spring, Maryland, August 3, 2011
*Army Specialist Ronald H. Wildrick, Jr., Woodsboro, Maryland, December 11, 2011
*Airman 1st Class Matthew R. Seidler, Westminster, Maryland, January 5, 2012
*Air Force Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten, Upper Marlboro, MD, February 18, 2012
*Army Major Robert J. Marchanti II, Baltimore, Maryland, February 25, 2012
Dulaney Valley’s Circle of Immortals was dedicated in 1967 and reserved for Marylanders killed in action. Twenty-six men who died in Vietnam are buried within the circle. The area is also home to the official Baltimore County World War II/Korean War Memorial, dedicated in 1998; and The Children of Liberty Memorial, which was added to the circle in 1990 and 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 annual Memorial Day ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens is a legacy of the former owners, the Armiger Family, who felt the public was losing sight of the meaning of Memorial Day. Since purchasing the cemetery in 2007, John O. Mitchell III and John O. (Jack) Mitchell IV, owners of the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc. in Towson, MD have been committed to continuing the tradition of honoring those who have served our country and they welcome and encourage the community to pay tribute to these dedicated men and women of our armed forces.
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