Once again we were blessed with a beautiful day on Nov. 11th for our 6th annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at the Rt. 100 Memorial Flag. It took many hands to make this a memorable day for our Veteran’s and active military. We want to “Thank” each and every one for attending, if it wasn’t for all of you we would not be afforded the freedoms that we each enjoy. We thank you for your service to our country and our community.
This year with a heavy heart we bid a fond farewell to BS Troup #773; we thank them for their 14 years of service to this community and to this “Flag Project”. We welcome the Solley Cluster Girl Scouts that will be taking over where the boy scouts left off; working side by side with Himmels Farm & Garden & US Navy Chief Petty Officers Association of Ft. Meade, MD under the direction of Dotti Snyder, Retired Chief Kirk Towner, Adrienne Trout & Amanda Smith.
Northeast Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Sarah DelSignor provided a wonderful array of patriotic songs throughout the ceremony. This was their 1st year participating in the ceremony and they did a beautiful job, we thank you all.
We thank the students from Bodkin, Jacobsville & Pasadena Elementary schools for providing each veteran & active military “Thank you” cards & handmade pins. I will say that this was highlight of the day; I heard from several that they have the cards proudly displayed in their homes for all to see.
We thank Father Rafferty Our Lady of the Chesapeake for the prayers, The US Navy Honor Guard of Ft. Meade, MD for the presentation of colors; Major Rick Barnes MD Defense Force Band for sounding “Taps” and Jerry Nicklow, Huff Insurance and Mike Jacobs JB Machine for being our MC’s for the day.
We thank Army Veteran Charlie Johns for his continued effort in keeping the area cut, trimmed & providing transport to and from the parking lot; Maher’s Florist for providing the wreath; Bay Country Rentals for the seating; Dick Parrish Design for the sound system; JB Machine for the electric & stage and Arundel Federal SB for the flags that were handed out.
Special thanks go out to County Executive Steve Schuh; Senator Bryan Simonaire; Delegate Nic Kipke, Councilman Derek Fink and AA County Recreation & Parks and AA Co Eastern District Police for their participation.
As you can see it takes many hands to arrange this ceremony for our community and on behalf of the flag committee Mike Jacobs JB Machine, Sandi Parrish PBA Ex. Director & Lisa Hart Arundel Federal SB we pray for the continued safety of our military Brothers & Sisters.
Donations to the flag fund are welcome PBA Flag Fund, PO BOX 861, Pasadena MD 21123-0861
God Bless America