On the morning of Memorial Day, the public is invited to honor Wicomico County veterans who have died in the line of duty at the 14th annual Memorial Day Ceremony.
The ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Wicomico War Veterans Memorial in front of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury. All are encouraged to attend this free event, which is organized by members of the Wicomico War Veterans Memorial Committee. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside to the Civic Center’s Midway Room.
There will be a lowering of the colors by the Wicomico County JROTC, ringing of the Red Knights Memorial Bell, branch prayers, and a volley of arms by the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department. Veterans and their families will be recognized during the ceremony, including a special family tribute to Gold Star Mothers. War Memorial Committee Member Sgt. Ed Tattersall, U.S. Army, will perform the Reading of Veterans Names, which recognizes those Wicomico County residents who have fallen in the line of duty.
In 2002, a group of veterans from all branches of the military came together to honor and preserve the memory of Wicomico County’s fallen heroes. As a result, the Wicomico County War Veterans Memorial was erected at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, which is itself a living war memorial to all veterans. Flags from each service branch, along with a United States, Maryland, Wicomico County and the POW-MIA flag, proudly fly over a brick wall displaying bronze plaques with the names of Wicomico County’s fallen veterans beginning with World War I.
Wicomico County War Memorial Committee members are actively seeking information on those listed on the Memorial. If you have information to share about a fallen serviceperson, please email Ed Hearthway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help preserve the Memorial and honor a loved one who has or is serving, citizens may purchase a Tree of Honor Gold Leaf. Engraved with his or her name and a short message, the leaf will be displayed on the Veterans’ Tree of Honor in the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center lobby. Leaves are $100 each. Contact Tammy Taylor at 410-548-4900, x115, to place an order. Proceeds are placed in a fund designated to maintain the War Memorial into perpetuity.
To learn more about the Wicomico County War Veterans Memorial and the men and women it was built to honor, visit www.wicomicociviccenter.org/about-the-center/war-memorial