War dead honored at Vets’ Cemetery

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
As an honor guard from the Easton High School Navy Junior ROTC presented flags, representatives of veterans’ organizations laid wreaths at the Eastern Shore Veterans’ Cemetery. The ceremony took place on May 30 in honor of Memorial Day.

BEULAH — Memorial Day observances were held Thursday at the Eastern Shore Veterans’ Cemetery. Though the holiday is celebrated on the last Monday in May, the official of remembrance of America’s war dead is May 30.

Veterans, many wearing the caps and uniforms of their various organizations, were in attendance, as were families, the Easton Middle School band, the Easton High School Navy Junior ROTC, and members of the general public.

Following a welcome from cemetery Superintendent Bruce W. Webster (USMC retired) the audience heard an invocation from the Rev. John R. Allen III of Unity Washington United Methodist Church, who said, “We come in mourning for those who sacrificed for freedom…so that we can prosper in the liberty we enjoy.”

First Vice Commander of the Department of Maryland American Legion Philip R. Dorsey was the guest speaker. He said that regardless of personal beliefs, Americans must remain united.

“Politics are irrelevant to families who hear the words, ‘We regret to inform you…’” he said.

Mr. Dorsey said the nation has lost 1 million men and women in combat since the American Revolution. “We continue to lose heroes every day around the world” in combat and training accidents, he said.

Decoration Day was established shortly after the Civil War as a time for citizens to honor the graves of those lost in that conflict. It was later extended to remember the fallen from all the nation’s conflicts, and renamed Memorial Day.

For more information about the cemetery program and the Maryland Department of Veterans, visit veterans.maryland.gov. The Eastern Shore Veterans’ Cemetery is located at 6827 East New Market Ellwood Road, phone 410-943-3420.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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