Shut­tle buses added to Salute to Ce­cil County Vet­er­ans

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

jian­netta@ ce­cil­whig. com

— In an ef­fort to al­le­vi­ate park­ing con­cerns, sev­eral shut­tle buses will be avail­able to take peo­ple to the Salute to Ce­cil County Vet­er­ans event at North East Com­mu­nity Park on Sun­day.

The Salute to Ce­cil County Vet­er­ans com­mit­tee an­nounced this week that two shut­tle buses will start run­ning at 5 p. m. and two more will be added start­ing at 7 p. m., for a to­tal of four buses, said Eugene Da­ley, the event’s chair­man.

NORTH EAST

The buses will pick up peo­ple in the Wal­mart park­ing lot by the Burger King and then in the Food Lion park­ing lot by the Good­will truck be­fore head­ing to the park, Da­ley said. The shut­tles will also be avail­able to bring peo­ple back to their cars af­ter the fire­works end, he added.

This year’s salute will start at 5 p. m. on Sun­day in North East Com­mu­nity Park with rub­ber duckie races run by the Ce­cil County chap­ter of the Mil­i­tary Or­der of the Pur­ple Heart, pony rides and mu­sic from coun­try band South­ern Drawl.

The Army Na­tional Guard in Elk­ton will also have a dis­play of mil­i­tary equip­ment, and the Ro­tary Club of North East will also have a dis­play of about 100 flags that were pur­chased by peo­ple to honor the vet­er­ans in their life. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Elk­ton Vet Cen­ter will also be on hand to talk to vet­er­ans about any needed re­sources.

The vet­er­ans cer­e­mony will be­gin at 8 p. m. with the flag rais­ing and Pledge of Al­le­giance run by an honor guard fol­lowed by guest speak­ers. Then, a com­bined North East, Elk­ton and Bo­hemia Manor high schools band will play pa­tri­otic songs be­fore the fire­works launch at around 9: 15 p. m.

The fire­works over the river are back this year af­ter be­ing re­placed by a laser show last sum­mer. Part of the rea­son for the laser show last year was be­cause of a lack of fund­ing and ad­vanced plan­ning that al­most saw the event get can­celled. But thanks to al­most $ 40,000 in fundrais­ing, the fire­works will re­turn this week­end.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Those look­ing to watch the fire­works at this year’s Salute to Ce­cil County Vet­er­ans event can now take shut­tle buses down to North East Com­mu­nity Park.

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