Gaithersburg Celebrates Memorial Day at Christman Park (VIDEO)
The city of Gaithersburg will celebrate Memorial Day at 11 a.m. at Christman Park on May 30th. You are invited to join the Mayor and City Council, City staff and honored guests in a tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The city has also produced a special video, see below, featuring two local veterans who served during World War II:
Joining the Memorial Day observance will be guest speaker Colonel Barry Wolcott, associate professor of military and emergency medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science in Bethesda. Colonel Wolcott currently employs his medical experience developing and integrating patient-focused decision support applications for Expert 24, as well as providing clinical support and advice to both clients and colleagues.
The patriotic ceremony will include words and music to commemorate the occasion and a solemn wreath-laying ceremony. At the event, guests will be invited to fill out a card and provide a 4 x 6 photograph for a Book of Tribute, honoring friends and family members who serve. Also on display will be a map depicting the World War II invasion beaches of Normandy, France, courtesy of U.S. Navy Captain Sam Edelstein, who left the map and a description of his service to his son, Gaithersburg resident Frederick Edelstein.
To support homeless veterans in Montgomery County, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) John M. Carter Post #9862 has partnered with the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH), which provides emergency shelter to an average of 75 veterans annually. MCCH’s Operation Homecoming provides homeless Veterans with a safe, stable and affordable place to live. Donations, including food, toiletries and cleaning supplies, are being collected to assist veterans with their move. A complete list can be found on the city’s website, here.