Events to take place at memorial in Ocean Pines and at OC American Legion

(Nov. 9, 2018) This year marks the 100th anniversary of Veteran’s Day. American military veterans and families will be honored during this day filled with activities and ceremonies, Sunday, Nov. 11, throughout Worcester County.

Ocean City:

•American Legion Synepuxent Post 166: The American Legion Synepuxent Post 166 will have its centennial Veteran’s Day celebration this Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. on 24th Street in Ocean City.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the names of 38 Worcester County men who made the supreme sacrifice during WWI will be read off in recognition and respect of their final sacrifice.

Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

The Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, Sons of the American Legion, Junior and Senior Auxiliary and American Legion Riders will be in attendance, wreaths will be placed and the Color Guard will perform a gun-firing salute.

For more information, call Adjutant Robert Smith at 443-614-2503 or email at rls.terp22@gmail.com.

Ocean Pines:

•Worcester County Veterans Memorial: The Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation will present its annual Veteran’s Day ceremony on Sunday at 11 a.m.

The Worcester County Veterans Memorial is located between Cathell and Manklin Creek roads off Route 589 in Ocean Pines.

Post 166

Members of the American Legion Synepuxent Post #166 lead a riffle volley during a Veteran’s Day Tribute at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial last year in Ocean Pines.

Capt. Jeff Lock, USN, will be the keynote speaker during this year’s event. Capt. Lock is currently serving as the commander of the Surface Command Center at Wallops Island.

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 from their cars to the memorial.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to the Ocean Pines Community Center. 

Faded or worn American flags are being collected before and immediately after the ceremony for disposal during a Flag Retirement Ceremony, which will be held at the Veterans Memorial on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m.

•American Legion Synepuxent Post 166, Boy Scout Troop 261 and Cub Scout Pack 261 will host an annual Flag Disposal Ceremony at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m.

All worn, torn and unusable United States flags can be dropped off prior to 9 a.m. at Disharoon Post 123, at 10111 Old Ocean City Blvd, Berlin, and Duncan-Showell Post 231, on 104 Showell Street, Berlin.

Flags can also be dropped off at these two posts prior to Nov. 17, in addition to, the Ocean Pines Community Center, Ocean City Elks Lodge on Sinepuxent Ave. 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. 15 at 10 a.m. It will follow a short ceremony in the cemetery chapel.

In 2017, Wreaths Across America volunteers laid more than 1.2 million memorial wreaths at more than 1,400 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 Monday, Nov. 26.

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

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