Calvert County veterans and citizens came together on Monday, May 28, 2018, to honor and remember all our fallen heroes. It was a sunny day with a gentle breeze on the Veteran’s Green at the Calvert County Courthouse. Because of the nice weather, many came to participate. The Posting of the Colors was performed by Calvert, Huntingtown, Patuxent and Northern High Schools NJROTC units, followed by Robert E King, American Legion Post 220 giving the Invocation. Commander Nate Stevens of Post 274 sang the National Anthem. The placement of the POW/MIA flag was placed on a chair in front of the podium and saluted.
Calvert County Commander Jay Bolles, and Past Commander of Post 274, led the Pledge of Allegiance and Commander Nate Stevens of American Legion Post 274 introduced the VIP’s in the audience. Commander Jay Bolles then gave a welcome address to all attending and Commander Nate Stevens led the audience in America the Beautiful.
Each of the NJROTC units had one member address the audience with “What Memorial Day Means to Me”. Then came a very solemn moment when a NJROTC cadet along with a veteran placed wreaths on the Korea/Vietnam, World War II/ Desert Storm, World War I and the Iraq & Afghanistan monuments. American Legion Posts 274 and 220 gave the gun salute, followed by TAPS, performed by a member of the Civil Air Patrol, and 30 seconds of silent prayer. The guest speaker was Thomas E Hutchins, giving the Memorial Day address.
Closing the service, Commander Nate Stevens led the attendees in the singing of God Bless America and Robert E King of Post 220 gave the Benediction.
Everyone was invited to participate in the American Legion Open Houses at Post 274 in Lusby and Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach.
Please enjoy the picture gallery below.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon