Veterans Day Tributes Around the County

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On Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethesda Veterans Park, County Executive Isiah Leggett, a veteran of Vietnam, will lead a tribute to vetarans. He will be joined by Bethesda veterans, the Kiwanis Club of Bethesda, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Councilmember Roger Berliner, and Rear Admiral Raquel Bono, Director of the National Capital Region Medical Directorate in marking Veterans Day and paying tribute to all those have served.

dedication11The City of Gaithersburg’s annual Veterans Day Observance will take place on Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 South Summit Avenue.

City officials and members of local veterans groups will be on hand to honor those who have served in all branches of the military. Officials, veterans and community organizations will also participate in a solemn wreath laying ceremony, followed by a reception inside City Hall.

Veterans Day remarks will be delivered by Lieutenant Colonel Lee Miller. Colonel Miller graduated from West Point in 1958 and served in Artillery/Infantry command with two tours in Vietnam and two in Germany. He is one of the founders of the West Point Wounded Warrior Mentoring Program, an all-volunteer nonprofit charitable organization that assists combat wounded and ill and injured servicemen and their spouses.

The City of Gaithersburg is once again supporting the efforts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), which adopts various units deployed overseas. At the observance we will be collecting items to send as part of the Adopt-A-Unit program. Items most needed include: Powdered drink mixes, Silly String (to detect lasers in a room), cherry flavored lip balm, medium weight mid-calf socks, men’s undershirts, boxers and briefs, envelopes, tablets, pens and pencils, store bought packaged cookies, flypaper, cans of salted nuts and cheese dips, canisters of potato chips, travel size toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby wipes, soaps, shampoos and lotions, disposable razors, shaving cream, sealable gallon plastic bags, trail mixes, energy bars, hard candy, disposable cameras, and AA and AAA batteries.

The VFW also accepts monetary donations, which they use to purchase postage and calling cards in bulk at a discounted price. Tax-deductible donations can be dropped off between 4 and 9 p.m. at the VFW John M. Carter Post #9862, 211K N. Frederick Avenue. Please make checks payable to VFW Post #9862 and mark in the memo field “Adopt-a-Troop.”

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Photo | City of Rockville

On Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Rockville’s Mayor and Council will honor the men and women who have served in the nation’s armed forces at Veterans Park. American Legion Post 86 will lead the wreath laying ceremony and their Honor Guard will present a twenty-one gun salute. This year’s guest speaker is Colleen Mulroney, Hospital Corpsman, U. S. Navy 1972-1996. View the complete ceremony program here. A reception will follow at American Legion Post 86, 2013 Veirs Mill Road.

Parking is available at Sandy Spring Bank located at Fleet St. and Rt. 355.

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On Nov. 11 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Mark Sohm, manger and 14-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps will honor veterans by distributing American flags and free food (hot dogs) to veterans and their families.

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