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Hundreds Honor Fallen Veterans at Memorial Ceremony in Salisbury

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Salisbury, Md.- It was a solemn day for hundreds of people who came together to honor fallen veterans at an annual Memorial Day ceremony in Salisbury.

The ceremony took place at 10 a.m. in front of the Wicomico War Veterans’ Memorial, located outside of the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center .

The service started with a moment of silence as flags, from each service branch, swayed gently over the crowd before cadets with the Wicomico JROTC lowered them.

Branch prayers were lifted for men and women serving in all branches of the military.

The Wicomico County War Veterans Memorial was built in 2002. The memorial has nine plaques and a total of 190 names of veterans who lost their lives in the line of duty. The names date back as early as World War I.

The memorial means a lot to Sergeant Edward Tattersall, an army veteran, who served in the Vietnam War.

 " Most people don't realize what they have until they lose it, and right now these people are keeping them with what they have,” Tattersall said. “It's not time for barbeques, it's time for thanking these people; people can do that [barbeques] later."

Veterans, families and residents across the community held a moment of silence as the names of those who fought and died in the line of duty were read one-by-one. Some of those names were familiar to Tattersall.

"I still cry once in a while when I read the names, and towards the end [of the memorial], I have tears in my eyes," Tattersall said. 

Committee members are actively seeking information on the names of fallen veterans.

Noble and Janice Parfitt, who attended the ceremony, said everyone should take a moment to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

“So many people made such a sacrifice; they could at least appreciate it,” Noble said, and his wife agreed.” I feel the same as my husband, we should appreciate them and show our thanks."

Anyone with information about a fallen serviceperson should contact Ed Hearthway, a war memorial committee member, at hearthwaye@aol.com.

Members also encourage people to help preserve the memorial by purchasing a gold leaf for the Tree of Honor, located in the lobby,  inside the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center. The leaf will be engraved with  the serviceperson’s name along with a short message.

For information on leaf purchases, contact Tammy Taylor at 410-548-4900 ext. 115. All proceeds go to maintaining the memorial.  

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