(Nov. 8, 2019) This year marks the 101st anniversary of Veterans Day. American military veterans and families will be honored on Monday, Nov. 11, a day filled with activities and ceremonies throughout Worcester County.

Ocean City:

•American Legion Synepuxent Post 166: The post will have its centennial Veterans Day celebration this Monday, beginning at 5 p.m. on 24th Street in Ocean City.

Second Vice Commander Robert Smith will be the emcee for the event this year. 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 multi-gun salute.

For more information, call 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 Veterans Day ceremony on Monday at 11 a.m.

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The Joint Color Guard perform the Posting of Colors during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines last year. The Guard includes members from the American Legion Post #123 (Berlin), Post #166 (Ocean City), Post #231 (Berlin), Post #237 (Hebron), The First State Detachment, Marine Crops League, and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #1091 of Ocean City

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

WWII veteran Carol Wagner of the U.S. Navy, will be the keynote speaker during this year’s event. Wagner served in the Pacific Theatre from February 1945 to July 1946.

The Delmarva Chorus will perform patriotic music during the event.

Attendees are asked to bring a chair, although some will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be golf carts for people 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. 16 at 9 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. 16 at 9 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. 16, 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 once again is participating in Wreaths Across America this year and community members are asked to sponsor a wreath for $15, $60, $100 or $1,500.

The project originated with wreaths being placed at Arlington National Cemetery, but it has grown to include veterans’ cemeteries nationwide and overseas.

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 or visit www.opvets.org.

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