Veterans to be honored at memorials, cemeteries

November 10, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Veterans Day observances are set to take place tomorrow at war memorials and veterans cemeteries throughout the state.

Originally called Armistice Day and celebrated to mark the end of World War I in 1918, Veterans Day honors veterans who fought and are fighting for freedom, said the office of Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs.

In keeping with the traditional ceremony, most of tomorrow's events will begin at 11 a.m., the hour on Nov. 11, 1918, that hostilities between the Allied forces and Germany ended.

Ceremonies, including patriotic speeches and wreath-layings, will take place at the following war memorials: World War II Memorial, Route 450 at Naval Academy Bridge in Annapolis; Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Middle Branch Park, 2825 S. Hanover St.; Baltimore War Memorial Building, 10 N. Gay St.; Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, in St. Mary's County; and the Maryland Korean War Memorial, 2903 Boston St., Baltimore.

At Charlotte Hall, Lloyd Brown, a World War I veteran who turned 104 on Oct. 7, will be presented a Governor's Citation for his military service.

Ceremonies will also take place at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery; Crownsville Veterans Cemetery; Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock; Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills; and Rocky Gap State Veterans Cemetery in Flintstone.

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