Malachowski to be honored at memorial

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May 22, 2011

TIMONIUM — Marine Staff Sgt. James Malachowski of Westminster, who died March 20, 2011, in Afghanistan, will be among military personnel from Maryland honored at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens' annual Memorial Day Ceremony.

The ceremony will take place Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m., in the Circle of the Immortals, Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium. The observance is free and open to the public.

Malachowski was killed in Helmand province, Afghanistan, by a homemade bomb. A member of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Staff Sgt. Malachowski joined the Marines right out of North Carroll High School. He chose to follow in his mother's footsteps, while his sister is a lieutenant in the Army.

This was his fourth deployment, the other three having been to Iraq. During his service, he earned numerous service and achievement medals as well as a place on the Marine Corps Rifle Team, where he taught more than 50,000 recruits the fundamentals of marksmanship. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to honoring those fighting the battles of today, the Memorial Day Ceremony will also pay tribute to those who gave their lives in Korea, Vietnam and World War II. Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught will be the keynote speaker.

Gov. Martin O'Malley and Brig. Gen. Peter C. Hinz will give memorial addresses. The ceremony will also include the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band, as well as color guard units from the Maryland National Guard, the Korean War Veterans Association, the Patriot Guard Riders and the Elkridge Young Marines.

Jim Joyner

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