Op­por­tu­ni­ties aplenty to pay re­spects on Memo­rial Day

Cecil Whig - - OBITUARIES & LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— Elkton’s Memo­rial Day pa­rade will once again high­light a va­ri­ety of county events to re­mem­ber our fallen ser­vice mem­bers over the hol­i­day pe­riod.

The pa­rade will start at 10 a.m. Mon­day in down­town Elkton. The pa­rade will be­gin at the cor­ner of Bow and Main streets, travel north on Bow to Rail­road Av­enue and east to North Street. There, the pro­ces­sion will head south, turn­ing left onto Main Street, then right onto South Street and end­ing at Howard Street, said Mary Jo Jablonksi, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Elkton Cham­ber and Al­liance.

The slightly re­vised pa­rade route was de­signed to pass the World War I Dough­boy Memo­rial on Rail­road Av­enue. To­day, the mon­u­ment in front of the Elkton Ar­mory com­mem­o­rates the men and women in the county who have served or died dur­ing mil­i­tary ser­vice.

Lead­ing the pa­rade this year will be Col. James Davis, Aberdeen Prov­ing Ground gar­ri­son com­man­der, as the grand mar­shal.

Jablonksi said Rick Scavetta, a pub­lic af­fairs of­fi­cer with APG, met with the Al­liance in April about op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­volve the U.S. Army in­stal­la­tion with the town. Jablonksi said the pa­rade came up as an up­com­ing event and Scavetta con­tacted Davis about the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved.

Davis said this is his first time as a grand mar­shal and is an “ex­treme honor” for him.

“Memo­rial Day is a time to re­mind every­one who holds dear the ideals upon which Amer­ica was founded that they should take pause and re­mem­ber those who sac­ri­ficed ev­ery­thing,” he said in an email.

As the grand mar­shal, Davis will sit in a clas­sic car and fol­low the color guard af­ter the group per­forms, Jablonksi said. Davis said he and his wife, Michelle, and pos­si­bly other fam­ily mem­bers will ac­com­pany them. Jablon­ski said they will ride in Elkton res­i­dent No­bel McCoy’s 1966 Chev­elle con­vert­ible.

“It is this love of coun­try that unites us,” Davis said. “Nowhere is this love more ap­par­ent than when we come to­gether to re­mem­ber those who have paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice.”

In ad­di­tion to Davis, the pa­rade will in­clude many or­ga­ni­za­tions and peo­ple, who will par­tic­i­pate in the event.

The Elkton High School march­ing band will present Salute to the Armed Force, which in­cludes a med­ley of mil­i­tary melodies, said Jes­sica Price, Al­liance ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant. The Elkton Vet­eran Cen­ter will par­tic­i­pate in the pa­rade with eight ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing vet­er­ans and a few peo­ple car­ry­ing ban­ners. The Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion’s Head of Elk chap­ter will have a float in the pa­rade and the Knights of Columbia will par­tic­i­pate in the pa­rade with a pickup truck tow­ing a trailer of vet­er­ans. The Mil­i­tary Or­der of the Pur­ple Heart’s Ce­cil County Chap­ter No.

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703 will have six peo­ple walk­ing, three rid­ers on a Korean War-era Jeep and a pickup truck with rid­ers and flags.

Mean­while, Elkton res­i­dent Ed Adams is also restor­ing a 1970 M35A2, “deuce and a half,” that will par­tic­i­pate in the pa­rade, Price said. The ve­hi­cle serves to cel­e­brate and honor those who have served. Price said the town will have its own float in the pa­rade which will carry elected of­fi­cials.

The day be­fore the pa­rade, Amer­i­can Le­gion Ce­cil Post No. 15 in Elkton, lo­cated at 129 W. Main St., will host a re­mem­brance cer­e­mony and com­mu­nity lun­cheon start­ing at 2 p.m. Sun­day. The event is open to the pub­lic and will fea­ture a guest speaker, honor guard and per­for­mance of “Taps.”

In Port De­posit, mem­bers of the Jerry Skri­vanek VFW Post No. 8185 will pay trib­ute to their name­sake dur­ing a Satur­day cer­e­mony.

The post will con­duct a re­mem­brance cer­e­mony at the grave of Jerry Skri­vanek, the first lo­cal solider killed in World War II, at Har­mony Chapel Ceme­tery at 10 a.m. They will fol­low that cer­e­mony with an­other at Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Plaza, lo­cated in Marina Park in Port De­posit, at 11 a.m.

Both of those ser­vices will be fol­lowed by a lun­cheon at the post, lo­cated at 520 Susque­hanna River Road. Post mem­bers also noted that mem­bers of the Aux­il­iary along with Troop 555 Cub Scouts will place flags at the graves of vet­er­ans in the north­west county, as well as some in Har­ford County and Penn­syl­va­nia, through­out the week­end.

In North East, Ce­cil County Memo­rial VFW Post No. 6027 will host its an­nual re­mem­brance ser­vice at 2 p.m. Mon­day.

The pub­lic is in­vited to come hear speak­ers and ded­i­ca­tions to the fallen dur­ing the ser­vice, fol­lowed by a wreath lay­ing and a 21-gun salute from the 29th Divi­sion As­so­ci­a­tion’s Honor Guard. Scouts will help bear the col­ors while North East stu­dents per­form pa­tri­otic songs. A lun­cheon, open to the pub­lic, will fol­low the ser­vice at the post lo­cated at 815 Tur­key Point Road.

For those south of the C&D Canal, VFW Ch­e­sa­peake City Memo­rial Post No. 7687 will travel across the south­ern county to re­mem­ber those who have passed. The pub­lic is wel­come to meet of­fi­cials at the post, lo­cated at 304 Basil Ave., on Fri­day and Satur- day to trek to 12 ceme­ter­ies in the area and two memo­ri­als in Ch­e­sa­peake City. At each ceme­tery, an honor guard will con­duct a 21-gun salute while VFW and Aux­il­iary mem­bers place flags at the grave of ev­ery vet­eran — typ­i­cally more than 700 flags each year. If you would like to help in the ef­fort, con­tact Cheri Brown at 443-406-5883.

In Per­ryville, Amer­i­can Le­gion Susque­hanna Post No. 135 will host a re­mem­brance cer­e­mony start­ing at 11 a.m. on Mon­day. The cer­e­mony, at the post lo­cated at 300 Cherry St., will fea­ture guest speaker Maj. Gen. Kirk F. Vollmecke, pro­gram ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer for in­tel­li­gence, elec­tronic war­fare and sen­sors at Aberdeen Prov­ing Ground. Vollmecke pre­vi­ously served as the deputy com­mand­ing gen­eral for the Com­bined Se­cu­rity Tran­si­tion Com­mand-Afghanistan, over­see­ing the se­cu­rity as­sis­tance pro­gram for the Afghan Na­tional De­fense Se­cu­rity Forces in sup­port of Op­er­a­tions En­dur­ing Free­dom and Free­dom’s Sen­tinel.

Amer­i­can Le­gion Ma­son Dixon Post No. 194 in Ris­ing Sun will hold its ser­vice on Mon­day start­ing at 11 a.m. The re­mem­brance cer­e­mony, at the post lo­cated at 338 E. Main St., will fea­ture pa­tri­otic mu­sic by the Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School band and, weather per­mit­ting, an ap­pear­ance by the Ce­cil County Fall Guys parachut­ing team just be­fore the cer­e­mony.

Prior to that, Le­gion post mem­bers will hold smaller cer­e­monies at West Not­ting­ham Pres­by­te­rian Ceme­tery, Brookview Ceme­tery and Calvert Ceme­tery. They will also have a short cer­e­mony at Vet­er­ans Memo­rial in down­town Ris­ing Sun. Post mem­bers will also mark hun­dreds of graves at 12 ceme­ter­ies in the re­gion with flags.

On Sun­day, the post will host its an­nual chicken bar­be­cue start­ing at 11 a.m., which ben­e­fits the post’s honor guard pro­gram.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

A group of girls show their pa­tri­o­tism as they wait for Elkton’s Memo­rial Day pa­rade to be­gin last year.

MAP COUR­TESY OF ELKTON AL­LIANCE

The Memo­rial Day pa­rade in Elkton will start at 10 a.m. Mon­day, with the best spot to watch near the cor­ner of North and Main streets.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF US ARMY

Col. James Davis, Aberdeen Prov­ing Ground gar­ri­son com­man­der, will serve as the grand mar­shal in Elkton’s pa­rade.

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