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Memorial Day ceremony set May 27 in Ocean Pines at vet memorial

This year’s annual Memorial Day celebration at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines is set to begin at 11 a.m., Monday, May 27.

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Members of the American Legion Posts 123 and 166, led by Glen Reely perform the rifle volley at last year’s Memorial Day event at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial. This year’s event is set for Monday, May 27.
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The largest Memorial Day ceremony in the region is set to return to the Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines, Monday, May 27, starting at 11 a.m.  

 The event each year draws thousands of people to the memorial grounds and features music, demonstrations, and public speakers honoring U.S. Military men and women who gave their lives in service. 

 “Memorial Day honors all who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our county,” Veterans Memorial Foundation President Marie Gilmore said in a news release. “This year’s ceremony, as those before it, will honor the brave men and women who served our country and lost their lives in doing so.” 

 Gilmore said the keynote speaker this year will be Bob Smith, a U.S. Air Force Vietnam Veteran and career member of the U.S. Army Reserves.

The ceremony will also honor local Gold Star families. During World War I, families would fly flags or banners with a blue star for every immediate family member serving in combat. If one of them died, a gold star replaced the blue star.  

Walter Webster, a member of the Maryland East Chapter of Ex-POWs, will place a wreath in honor of all current and former prisoners of war.  

The program will also include patriotic music performed by Randy Lee Ashcraft, The Delmarva Chorus, and Glen Mohr with the St. Luke’s Contemporary Choir.

The program is scheduled to run for one hour. 

Public parking will be available at Veterans Memorial Park on Route 589 and Cathell Road in Ocean Pines. Limited seating will be available during the ceremony and guests are encouraged to bring chairs. No seating will be supplied for the special dedication ceremony. 

In case of inclement weather, the Memorial Day ceremony will move to the Ocean Pines Community Center and be announced on the and websites and on social media.  

Visit the Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation online or search for Worcester County Veterans Memorial on Facebook for more information.

This story appears in the May 23, 2024, print edition of the Bayside Gazette.