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Plenty of activities planned in county during Veterans Day

(Nov. 5, 2015) American military veterans will be honored during ceremonies and activities next week at several locations in the area.
Ocean City:
•American Legion Synepuxent Post 166: The American Legion Synepuxent Post 166 will hold a joint Veterans Day program again this year on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at its 24th Street location.
“It will be the 69th year that Post #166 has held a Veterans Day program and invites the Ocean City community to attend,” said Commander Sarge Garlitz. “In fact, the members of Post #166 considers every day Veterans Day.”   
Representing Post #166 with Garlitz will be Service Officer Bill Wolf, Chaplain Bernie Michels and Historian Louise Michels.
Additional participants from the Legion family will be Ed Hansen of the Chapter #166 American Legion Riders and Commander Joe Verdura of Squadron #166 Sons of the American Legion.  
President Cathy Kline of Unit #166 American Legion Auxiliary and Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Chair Rosie Garlitz will each say a few words.
Sabrina Pecora of #166 Junior Unit and the Department of Maryland’s Honorary Sargent-at-Arms will present a wreath.
The Ocean City Memorial Post #8295 Commander Robert Shiffner, Chaplain George Hamaty and Auxiliary President June Kelley will all be in attendance.
Timaree Sparks of the United States Coast Guard in Ocean City will be on the agenda as well as President Nelson Kelley of The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #1091 of Ocean City and past Commander Fred Wise of the First State Marine Corp League.    
Ocean Elks #2645 Edward “Pete” Peterson and Ben Dawson, the Troop Support chairman of the Ocean City Lions Club will each give their remarks.
Sen. Jim Mathias, Del. Mary Beth Carozza and Mayor Richard Meehan will also be in attendance.
Boys Scout Troop #261 and the Color Guard of Post #166 will present a wreath and do the gun-firing salute. Light refreshments will be served following the program.
For more information, contact Garlitz at or call 443-735-1942
Ocean Pines:
• Worcester County Veterans Memorial: The Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation will present its 12th annual Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. The Worcester County Veterans Memorial is on Route 589 and Cathell Road in Ocean Pines.
Memorial co-founder Sharyn O’Hare will serve as master of ceremonies, wreaths will be presented and guest speaker, John “Sonny” Bloxom, will say a few words. Bloxom is a Worcester County attorney, graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, served as a deck officer in the Merchant Marines for nine years and is a retired commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves.
“It is one day out of the entire year where we get to honor every veteran,” said Marie Gilmore, a Veterans Memorial volunteer. “We get to thank them for their service and it is important to honor them.”
Attendees are asked to bring a chair, though some will be provided on a first-come basis. If inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the Community Church of Ocean Pines on Racetrack and Beauchamp roads.  
Faded or worn American flags are being collected before and immediately after the ceremony for disposal at the Flag Retirement Ceremony, which will be held at the Veterans Memorial on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m.
For more information, contact Mary Adair at 410-208-0376.
•Wreaths Across America: The Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation is participating in Wreaths Across America for the seventh year and community members are asked to purchase a wreath for $15 to be laid at the national cemetery during the holiday season.
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. 12 at 10 a.m. It will follow a short ceremony in the cemetery chapel.
Last year, Wreaths Across America laid more than 700,000 memorial wreaths at more than 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond.
To sponsor a wreath, complete the form found at and mail it with a check addressed to: “Wreaths Across America” to P.O. Box 1576, Ocean Pines, Md. 21811. The deadline is Dec. 1.
For more information on Wreaths Across America, visit
•Wor-Wic Community College Veteran’s Ceremony: Wor-Wic’s Veteran’s and Military Association will sponsor its seventh annual Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 12:15 p.m. in Guerrieri Hall at Wor-Wic Community College. The half-hour program honors student veterans and most participants in the program are currently enrolled veterans and military students.
“It is important for Americans to remember and honor our vets every day of the year,” said Fred Howard, event organizer and United States Navy veteran. “Veterans allow Americans to enjoy freedoms and liberties.”
Students from the Air Force, Army, Marines, National Guard and Marine Corp Reserves will be giving a welcoming address, singing the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.
The invocation and benediction will be given by guests from the American Legion Post #166.
Three veteran students from the Marine Corps who were deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq will share five-minute speeches.
“Most of them [Iraq and Afghanistan veterans] knew they were going into combat, which makes their decision to join very commendable,” Howard said.
The college has about 255 veterans registered for the fall semester and it has the largest student veteran’s population on the Eastern Shore. To allow veteran students to participate in more than one Veterans Day event, Wor-Wic has its ceremony on the day before Veterans Day.
For more information, contact Howard at 410-334-2882.
•Peninsula Regional Flu Shots: In appreciation for their service, Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) will offer veterans and their spouses free flu shots on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 3-6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Avery W. Hall Educational Center, which is on the corner of Waverly Drive and Vine Street in Salisbury.
It is the fourth year PRMC has provided this event, free parking will be available in Garage B and military IDs are required.
The hospital has a strong connection with veterans and sits on land where a medical tent was located during the Civil War.
Call 410-543-7766 for more information or directions.