Under threatening skies, members of American Legion Post 274 (named for Arick l Lore), members of the Lore family and other interested individuals came to the Solomons Methodist Cemetery on May 30 to remember Arick Lore, who gave his life in World War I, on October 14, 1918, while defending our freedom. It was the 60th Memorial Service. Arick grew up on Solomons Island and relatives still live here.
On hand were the Boy Scouts Troop 427, Cub Scout Pack 854 and American Heritage Girls Troop 1888, who had been there previously to decorate all the veterans’ graves with flags.
The service was led by Commander Jay Bolles and Chaplain Warren Kidwell. After the prayers, the Ladies Auxiliary placed a vase of poppies on the grave, the Honor Guard fired three rifle volleys, and a member of the Boy Scouts rendered a flawless TAPS on his bugle. Finally a final prayer was offered and Commander Jay Bolles spoke to the attendees “the best way to honor these brave men and women is to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as a result of their service and sacrifice”. In the words of General George S Patton, ‘”it is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived”.
Many of the crowd stopped on their way out to speak to the relatives of Arick Lore, who make it to the service every year. If you missed the memorial it is always held on May 30th at 10 am at the gravesite. So please mark your calendars for 2017 and enjoy the picture gallery below.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon