Dorchester honors heroes at Memorial Day service
CAMBRIDGE — This Memorial Day, the Dorchester County community gathered at Long Wharf Park under cloudy skies to pay tribute to those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our countr y.
“We observe this day with heavy hearts, but hearts filled with gratitude for our country’s brave service men and women who laid down their lives for their country. Truly, this holiday belongs to them,” said Bob Tieder, former American Legion Post 91 commander.
The annual ser vice, which has been celebrated for 71 years, was hosted by Cambridge American Legion Post 91, and many other organizations were represented with the traditional commemorative wreaths. The wreaths are placed at the foot of the World War I War Monument that stands at Long Wharf.
Wreaths were placed by Post 91, American Legion Auxiliar y Post 91, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 91, VFW Post 7460, VFW Auxiliar y Unit Post 7460, American Legion Post 87, American Legion Auxiliary 87, Sons of the Legion Squadron 87, Gold Star Mothers, Daughters of the American Revolution, World War I Veterans, World War II Veterans, Korean War Veterans, Vietnam Veterans, Desert Storm/ Iraq/Afghan Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps, 29th Infantr y Division Association, Maryland National Guard, City of Cambridge, Dorchester County Council, Cambridge Fraternal Order of Police 27, American Legion Post 91 Boys State, Veterans Recognition Committee, Cambridge Yacht Club, Elks Lodge 223, Elks Lodge 1272, Cambridge Moose Lodge, and Pleasant Day Daycare.
A wreath was also placed in the Choptank River in memory of those who lost their lives on the SS Dorchester when the ship was hit by a German torpedo during World War II. Of the 902 men aboard, 668 died upon the ship’s sinking.
“My heart is filled with pride at today’s ceremony,” said Cambridge Mayor Victoria JacksonStanley. “I am so proud to be part of the ceremony, and I want to thank the American Legion for carrying on the tradition of so many years that bring us all together to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”
Tieder also gave a brief update on the American Legion Post 91 building that is being renovated after it sustained significant damage from a fire in May 2016. He thanked the community for their support and generosity during this difficult time for the post, and invited everyone to an open house at their temporary space, Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds, after the ceremony.
Dr. Paul Stag represented the veterans of World War I, wearing the cap of his uncle Harry Stag who was wounded in France in WWI, and received a Silver Star for his guidance of tanks during the war.
Bob Tieder, former Commander of American Legion Post 91, was the host and MC for the ceremony at Long Wharf.