Eastern Shore Vet­er­ans Cemetery hosts Vet­er­ans Day cer­e­mony

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HURLOCK — Vet­er­ans Day was rec­og­nized at the Eastern Shore Vet­er­ans Cemetery near Hurlock on Satur­day, Nov. 11 with U.S. Rep. Andy Har­ris, R-Md-1st, as the guest speaker.

The poignant cer­e­mony paid tribute to the ded­i­ca­tion and sac­ri­fice of those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, many of whom paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice.

“The price of free­dom is eter­nal vig­i­lance, there’s no ques­tion about it,” Har­ris said. “Driv­ing over here to­day re­minded me of a drive over to the Eastern Shore we took when I was in the state se­nate, back on Septem­ber 11, 2001. It was a beau­ti­ful sunny day. When I have sunny days like this, it just re­minds me that we must al­ways be vig­i­lant.”

Har­ris noted that while the politi­cians in Washington may dis­agree about many things, pro­tect­ing and rec­og­niz­ing vet­er­ans is an is­sue about which the two sides are in agree­ment.

“The peo­ple here, the men and women who wear the uni­form, are the ones who pay that price for free­dom, but it doesn’t go un­ap­pre­ci­ated,” he said.

Har­ris promised to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble can to take care of the men and women who put on that uni­form, that small mi­nor­ity of Amer­i­cans who put on the uni­form to pro­tect the free­dom and lib­erty of all our fel­low Amer­i­cans.

One way to do as such would be to re­quest that re­tired mil­i­tary pen­sions not be taxed in the state of Mary­land, a plan that Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan an­nounced on Vet­er­ans Day.

Har­ris called the plan a sign that the sac­ri­fices made by our ser­vice per­son­nel are not for­got­ten.

Other elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives present in­cluded Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-MidShore; Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Tal­bot; and Del. Chris Adams, R-37B-Wi­comico.

Re­marks were also de­liv­ered by Denise Perry, se­nior vice com­man­der for the De­part­ment of Mary­land Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars.

“Through­out our na­tion’s his­tory, there is a unique group of cit­i­zens who have self­lessly stepped for­ward to pro­tect the rest of the na­tion, bravely en­sur­ing our safety, se­cu­rity, and wellbeing,” Perry said. “It is that small group, the mere 7 per­cent of Amer­i­cans who have ever served in the United States Armed Forces, who we cel­e­brate and thank to­day.”

Procla­ma­tions were pre­sented from the of­fices of Gov. Larry Ho­gan, U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; and U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.

Eas­ton Mid­dle School Band, di­rected by Donna Ewing, played the Na­tional An­them and Taps for the crowd. Viet­nam Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica Chap­ter 648 had the honor of low­er­ing and rais­ing the col­ors at the be­gin­ning and end of the pro­gram, re­spec­tively.

The Lay­ing of Wreaths in­cluded the Eastern Shore Vet­er­ans Cemetery Com­mit­tee, Viet­nam Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica Chap­ter 648, South Eastern Shore Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iary, Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, Marine Corps League, the Dorch­ester County Gar­den Club, and sev­eral area VFW and Amer­i­can Le­gion Posts.

The Ri­fle Vol­ley Salute was per­formed by the sher­iff’s of­fices of Dorch­ester and Caro­line counties.

Es­tab­lished in 1976, the Eastern Shore Vet­er­ans Cemetery is cur­rently the fi­nal rest­ing place of more than 6,000 vet­er­ans.

PHOTO BY VICTORIA WIN­GATE

Wreaths were laid by many lo­cal groups such as area VFW and Amer­i­can Le­gion posts dur­ing the Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony at the Eastern Shore Vet­er­ans Cemetery near Hurlock.

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