Observances in county celebrate Memorial Day
GRASONVILLE — The local veterans organizations, the Kent Island American Legion, Post 278, in Stevensville, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7464, in Grasonville, held Memorial Day services, both at 11 a.m. in their respective locations. Both ceremonies were threatened by unwelcome rain, with the Legion moving its event indoors instead of holding it at the Stevensville Cemetery, as follows tradition. Boy Scout Troop 278, sponsored by the Legion, placed small American flags at every veteran’s grave site in the cemetery beginning at 8 a.m. Memorial Day, a service the troop has performed for many years.
At the VFW, about 100 people gathered outside as the rain held off (it had poured about 30 minutes beforehand). VFW Post Commander Craig Conrad began the ceremony, saying, “We are assembled the suffering they are still en- American Legion and Grasonville here to remember comrades during for us and our way of VFW who died this past who have or are serving their life. year were also remembered, country. We must not forget “They must remain alive each being read. the sacrifices these comrades in our minds and hearts until At the VFW, those members made and are still making and we know they have returned were: Charles Boone, Herbert home to their loved ones or Boone, Gene Melvin, Bruce have been called to the bosom Pulley, Ed Smith, Charles of Our Heavenly Father. We Wilson, Bill Kuykendall and must continue to give moral Al Nulph. VFW Ladies Auxiliary support to their families who members who died were continue to suffer along with included. They were: Gloria them.” Bahr, Margaret Baker, Jean
Conrad shared a statistic he Conrad and Thelma Williams. said he finds alarming. The list of members who
“Studies show that 9 out of passed at the KI Legion included 10 young people, ages 25 and members who died in under, don’t know the meaning 2015 and 2016: William Black, of Memorial Day. Memorial Jerome Daisey, John Dobson, Day is to remember those David Hartlove III, William who have died while fighting Humphreys, Oswald Hunt to protect our freedoms. We Jr., Stanley Jackson, William honor their great sacrifice,” he Kuykendall, Robert Lee, Wilfred said. Mcleary, Oakley Osborn,
Wreathes were placed at Paul Peters Jr., Dennis Roy Sr., both ceremonies, symbolizing Howard Smentkowski, James the sacrifices made by those Smith, John Smith, William who have died serving the nation. Stuart, Bernard Tomardy, Words and prayers were Gordon Wheeler, Charles Wilson offered. and John Yeigh.
The names of those longtime Taps was played at the ceremonies members of both the KI with a final salute.
VFW Post 7464 Junior Vice Commander Jim Clark places a red wreath symbolizing the blood sacrifice for our nation to protect American freedoms during the Memorial Day services, Monday, May 30, in Grasonville.
During Memorial Day services at VFW Post 7464 in Grasonville, Monday, May 30, veteran Larry Wilkins rings the bell for each name of those Post members who died this past year.
VFW Post 7464 Commander Craig Conrad, left, speaks about the sacrifice of those who died protecting the freedoms we all enjoy in the United States.