Calvert County veterans and citizens came together on Monday, May 25 to honor and remember 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 followed by Robert E King, American Legion Post 220 giving the Invocation. The placement of the POW/MIA flag was placed on a chair in front of the podium. The Chesapeake Community Chorus rendered the National Anthem and William Rustmann, American Legion Calvert County Commander, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
First Vice Commander Nate Stevens of American Legion Post 274 introduced the VIP’s in the audience, and the Chesapeake Community Chorus continued with another patriotic selection.
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 the NJROTC and veterans 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 and 30 seconds of silent prayer.
Jay Bolles, Commander of Post 274, introduced Sheriff Mike Evans, who gave the Memorial Day address. The chorus followed with another patriotic rendition and Robert E King 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.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon