Eastern Shore re­mem­bers vet­er­ans at Beu­lah

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

BEU­LAH — The Eastern Shore com­mu­nity and lo­cal dig­ni­taries cel­e­brated and hon­ored re­tired, cur­rent and fallen U.S. mil­i­tary mem­bers Fri­day af­ter­noon, Nov. 11, dur­ing the an­nual Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony at the Eastern Shore Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery in Dorch­ester County.

The Eas­ton Mid­dle School band per­formed sev­eral mu­si­cal se­lec­tions, in­clud­ing the na­tional an­them. The Viet­nam Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica Chap­ter 648 low­ered the flags to be­gin the cer­e­mony. The sher­iff’s of­fices of Dorch­ester and Caro­line coun­ties gave a joint ri­fle vol­ley salute.

“Gal­lant sol­diers, sailors, air­men, marines and coast guard mem­bers have con­quered the to­tal sum of their fears, and en­dured in­con­ceiv­able mis­eries and hard­ships, all for the sake of pro­tect­ing the val­ues our great na­tion was found,” said key- note speaker and Mary­land Vet­eran’s Ceme­tery Com­mit­tee Chair­man Ron­nie James. “In do­ing this, they have es­tab­lished a stan­dard of courage and honor for the whole world to wit­ness.

“To­day, and ev­ery day, we must take the op­por­tu­nity to keep alive the mem­o­ries, sac­ri­fices and ac­com­plish­ments of our na­tion’s vet­er­ans,” he said. “We must em­brace ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to

ed­u­cate fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, the pub­lic and the newly elected of­fi­cials on the ac­com­plish­ments, im­por­tance and needs of our na­tion’s vet­er­ans.

“We must thank our vet­er­ans be­cause we are able to live freely, gather here to­day be­cause of their ser­vice to oth­ers. Your pres­ence here this af­ter­noon is proof that we here on the Eastern Shore of Mary­land will live up to our obli­ga­tion to each and ev­ery in­di­vid­ual who has ever wore the uni­form of our countr y.”

James, an Eastern Shore na­tive, served eight years in the U.S. Navy, in­clud­ing two tours in Viet­nam. He is the chap­lain for the state of Mar yland VFW.

“May 30, Me­mo­rial Day, is set aside for to honor our fallen,” James said. “Over 1 mil­lion Amer­i­can ser­vice­man and ser­vice­women have died in our na­tion’s con­flicts and wars, go­ing back to our na­tion’s found­ing.

“July 4, In­de­pen­dence Day, is to cel­e­brate our na­tion’s free­dom. To­day, Nov. 11, is Vet­er­ans Day. A day that salutes all who have served, re­gard­less of where or when. It is our day, which we equally share with our fam­i­lies, who also sac­ri­ficed for the ser vice the vet­er­ans gave.

“To­day, we honor the con­tri­bu­tions and sac­ri­fices of nearly 24 mil­lion liv­ing vet­er­ans who have served our coun­try in the name of liberty and jus­tice.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more than a dozen vet­er­ans’ groups placed wreaths in honor of all vet­er­ans.

“From the jun­gles of Viet­nam to the moun­tains of Afghanistan, from Baghdad to the Per­sian Gulf, our vet­er­ans have wore the cost of Amer­i­can’s wars and con­tinue to stand watch over Amer­i­can’s peace,” James said. “To­day is their day. To­day is our day to stand just a lit­tle bit taller and be rec­og­nized by a grate­ful na­tion who ap­pre­ci­ates what the few have done for the many.

“In times of dan­ger and in times of peace, it is a self­less ded­i­ca­tion of Amer­ica’s vet­er­ans to con­tinue to se­cure the free­doms on which our great coun­try was founded. Ev­ery gen­er­a­tion owes a debt of grat­i­tude to these pa­tri­ots of the past and the fu­ture. Those, who tem­po­rally set aside their per­sonal goals, in or­der to an­swer our great na­tion’s calls.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more than a dozen vet­er­ans’ groups place wreaths in honor of all vet­er­ans.

The Viet­nam Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica Chap­ter 648 low­ers the flags dur­ing the Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony at the Eastern Shore Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery on Fri­day, Nov. 11.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more than a dozen vet­er­ans’ groups place wreaths in honor of all vet­er­ans dur­ing the Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony at the Eastern Shore Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery on Fri­day, Nov. 11.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more than a dozen vet­er­ans’ groups place wreaths in honor of all vet­er­ans dur­ing the Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony at the Eastern Shore Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery on Fri­day, Nov. 11.

Mary­land Vet­eran’s Ceme­tery Com­mit­tee Chair­man Ron­nie James de­liv­ers the key­note ad­dress dur­ing the Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony at the Eastern Shore Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery on Fri­day, Nov. 11.

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