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Ceremonies in OC, neighboring towns for Veterans Day

By Kara Hallissey | Nov 09, 2017
Members of the American Legion Posts 166, 231 and 123 perform a riffle volley, signaling the end of the 2016 Veterans Day ceremonies at the Worcester County Veteran’s Me

(Nov. 10, 2017) American military veterans will be honored during ceremonies and activities on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Ocean City and surrounding towns.

Ocean City:

•American Legion Synepuxent Post 166: The American Legion Synepuxent Post 166 will have its annual Veterans Day program on Saturday, Nov. 11 beginning at 5 p.m. at its 24th Street location.

There will be a meet and greet an hour before the Veterans Day program starts and a traditional dinner will close out the celebration. Reservations are mandatory in advance to attend the complimentary dinner.

The Boy Scouts will be in attendance, wreaths will be placed and the Color Guard will perform a gun-firing salute.

For more information, contact Paul Hawkins at alpost166@comcast.net or call 443-523-2973.

Ocean Pines:

•Worcester County Veterans Memorial: The Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation will present its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. The Worcester County Veterans Memorial is located between Cathell and Manklin Creek roads off Route 589 in Ocean Pines.

Major Gen. James A. Adkins, who retired a few years ago after serving as the 28th Adjutant General of Maryland and secretary of veterans, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s event. Adkins is an Eastern Shore native and served 40 years in enlisted and officer ranks in intelligence, infantry and cavalry assignments throughout the United States and abroad.

Attendees are asked to bring a chair, though some will be provided on a first-come basis. There will be golf carts for those needing assistance.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to the Community Church of Ocean Pines located on Racetrack and Beauchamp roads.

Faded or worn American flags are being collected before and immediately after the ceremony for disposal during the Flag Retirement Ceremony, which will be held at the Veterans Memorial on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m.

For more information, email opmarie@aol.com.

•American Legion Synepuxent Post 166, Boy Scout Troop 261 and Cub Scout Troop 261 will host an annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines on Nov. 18 at 9 a.m.

All worn, torn and unusable United States flags can be dropped off prior to 8:45 a.m. Disharoon Post 123 and Duncan-Showell Post 231, both of Berlin, will also assist with the program.

Flags can be dropped off at these two American Legions prior to Nov. 18, in addition to, the Ocean Pines Community Center and the American Legion Post 166 on 24th Street in Ocean City.

For more information, call 443-735-1942.

•Wreaths Across America: The Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation is participating in Wreaths Across America again this year and community members are asked to sponsor a wreath for $15.

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 Saturday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. It will follow a short ceremony in the cemetery chapel.

In 2016, Wreaths Across America volunteers laid more than 1.2 million memorial wreaths at more than 1,200 locations in the United States and beyond.

To sponsor a wreath, complete the form found at www.opvets.com and mail it with a check addressed to: “Wreaths Across America,” P.O. Box 1576, Ocean Pines, Maryland 21811. The deadline is Nov. 27.

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

Pocomoke:

The Delmarva Discovery Center will present “Discovery Canteen: A Veteran’s Musical Salute” on Saturday, Nov. 11, beginning at 7 p.m.

The event is a musical celebration of veterans and America, which will include singers from the Lower Shore Performing Arts Company.

There will be heavy appetizers. Wine and beer will also be available for purchase. Tickets cost $30 and include one drink. Tickets can be purchased at Delmarva Discovery Center on Market Street in Pocomoke or from members of Lower Shore Performing Arts Company.

Visit www.LowerShorePAC.org for more information.

Salisbury:

•Peninsula Regional Flu Shots: In appreciation and honor of their service, Peninsula Regional Medical Center will offer veterans and their spouses free flu shots on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. aboard PRMC’s Wagner Wellness Van at the Wicomico War Veterans Memorial located in front of the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury.

Call 410-543-7766 for more information or directions.

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