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14th Annual Wicomico Memorial Day Ceremony

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War Memorial Plaque in Wicomico County. (Photo: WBOC) War Memorial Plaque in Wicomico County. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md. - For the 14th year in a row, hundreds gathered at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center to honor the men from Wicomico County who died while serving their country.

Since World War I, 191 men have lost their lines in the line of duty.  No Wicomico County women have died while serving.

The ceremony is normally held outdoors in front of the Wicomico War Memorial, but rain forced the event indoors.  However, that did not keep the crowd away that included Russell Franklin, a World War II veteran from Nanticoke.  Franklin told WBOC he has attended the ceremony each year.

"I'm an American.  That's the main reason.  And I just love this country and everybody that has anything to do with it," Franklin said Monday morning.

One by one, each of those 191 names were read off as nearly everyone in the crowd followed along in their programs, paying respect to each one of the names.  It is an emotional day for many veterans as they honor those who died before them, or died alongside of them in the line of duty.

"If I could explain all I feel, I'd be here a while, I think," Franklin said.  "Just the greatest land in the world.  Greatest country in the world."

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