Ocean City Today

OC Elks Lodge to celebrate hometown heroes this Sat.

By Katie Tabeling | Oct 19, 2017
File Photo During last year's Ocean City Hometown Heroes military banner ceremony Army WWII veteran Joseph Sangermano chokes up while recalling being captured by the Nazis and shipped to Stalag 2B near Hammerstein, West Prussia where he spent nearly a year in captivity with more than 6,000 POWs. He was joined by his wife, Helen Sangermano, for the banner presentation at the Ocean City Elks Lodge, 13708 Sinepuxent Ave.

(Oct. 20, 2017) The Ocean City Elks Lodge will extend a hero’s welcome to veterans and active military personnel during the annual Hometown Heroes Military Banner presentation ceremony on Saturday.

This summer, 40 soldiers and veterans from World War II and Korean War were featured on banners that lined the Boardwalk to Fourth Street. The banners were taken down earlier this month, but will be presented to honorees and their families during a ceremony this weekend.

“The members of the Elks Lodge are dedicated to helping our veterans in any way we can,” said Pat Riordan of the Elks’ Veterans Committee. “This program is our way of thanking our hometown heroes for their service … defending the United States of America [and] fighting for our freedom.”

Of the 40 banners that commemorate local military personnel, 24 are World War II veterans, 16 are Korean War veterans and six are active duty.

Eight honorees have passed away since the banners went up in early May. Riordan hopes to present those banners to their relatives at the ceremony.

This is the Elks’ fourth year as sponsor of the Hometown Heroes Military Banner program. The idea stemmed from a similar program in Temecula, California. In the local campaign’s first two years, 20 banners were flown to honor active duty personnel. In 2016, the City Council approved doubling the initiative, allowing the Elks to honor veterans.

“They were behind this project from the very beginning,” Riordan said.

The banners for veterans have a different color scheme than the active duty soldiers, which is a red, white and blue theme. WWII honorees have a sepia-toned banner, which makes it look like a photograph from the early 20th century. All banners were printed by Signarama in Rockville, Maryland.

The banner presentation ceremony will be held on Oct. 21 at the Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645 on Sinepuxent Avenue from 2-4 p.m. The Elks Lodge asks that guests use the double glass door entrance along Sinepuxent Avenue and to take the elevator to the second floor.

For more information about the Hometown Heroes Banner Program, contact Riordan at 443-623-6162 or 91454@mchsi.com.



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