Local Astronaut Reid Wiseman to Speak at Traditional Memorial Day Observance
2017 marks 50th anniversary of the dedication of Dulaney Valley’s Circle of Immortals
The annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens will salute the men and women of the armed forces who have paid the highest price in defense of the United States of America and honor four Marylanders killed in the past 14 months. The traditional patriotic ceremony will feature a slate of local participants and dignitaries, including keynote speaker NASA Astronaut and Baltimore native, G. Reid Wiseman, (Commander, U.S. Navy).
In addition to honoring those fighting the battles of today and those who gave their lives in Korea, Vietnam and World War II, the 2017 ceremony will honor:
• Airman 1st Class Nathaniel H. McDavitt of Severna Park, MD, killed on April 15, 2016 in Jordan by the Islamic State.
• Private First Class Victor Stanfill of Fulton, MD died on May 10, 2016 from injuries suffered during a live-fire training exercise at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
• Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas of Takoma Park, MD killed by an improvised bomb blast on October 4, 2016, during a mission against the Islamic State’s Afghan branch.
• Sgt. First Class Allan E. Brown of Takoma Park, MD died on December 6, 2016, from wounds suffered in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan the previous month.
Please note: Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar of Edgewood, MD who was killed on April 8, 2017 in Afghanistan, will be honored on Memorial Day 2018.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Free and Open to the public
For Information: 410-666-0490 / www.dulaneyvalley.com
Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Circle of the Immortals
200 East Padonia Road, Timonium, MD 21093
• Emcee: Alan Walden, American Flag Foundation, Inc; Patriots of Fort McHenry
• Keynote speaker: NASA Astronaut and Baltimore native, G. Reid Wiseman (Commander, U.S. Navy)
• Memorial Address: Congressman C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, III
• Memorial Address: Brigadier General Sean M. Casey, Director of the Joint Staff Maryland National Guard
• Lt. Colonel Christopher Otten, Maryland Air National Guard 175th Wing Chaplain
MUSIC AND PAGEANTRY
• Color guard units: Maryland National Guard, Patriot Guard Riders, Elkridge Young Marines and Boy Scout Troop #340
• 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band
• Maryland Sings, Directed by Bill Myers
• Jon Wikstrom, singer and songwriter
• Laura Knutson, The Bellini Ensemble
• Military memorabilia and uniforms, courtesy of Butch Maisel and the Boys Latin Center for Military History, will focus on the 100th anniversary of World War I.
• As a special tribute to the 69 Marylanders who died on September 11, 2001 and the 143 others who gave their lives in the war on terror, Maryland’s 9/11 Rolling Memorial will be at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens for the Memorial Day Ceremony.
• Presentation to Steven Wheeler, Location Coordinator, Wreaths Across America. Note: Veterans at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens will be honored on December 16, 2017, as part of the Wreaths across America’s “Nation Wide Remembrance Ceremony.”
• 50th anniversary display: photos and programs from past Memorial Day ceremonies held at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
History of Memorial Day at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens: 50th Anniversary
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Circle of Immortals and Field of Honor, an area dedicated in 1967 and reserved for Marylanders killed in action. Twenty-six service members who died in Vietnam are buried within the Circle. The area is also home to the official Baltimore County World War II/Korean War Memorial, dedicated in 1998; and The Children of Liberty Memorial, which was added to the Circle in 1990 and is dedicated to Maryland servicemen and women who died at the hands of terrorists. It includes a plaque dedicated to the seven Maryland service members who lost their lives in the 1991 Liberation of Kuwait, the names of the three Maryland servicemen killed in 2000 aboard the USS Cole and the names of the service members killed in the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon.
The annual Memorial Day ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens is a legacy of the former owners, the Armiger Family, who felt the public was losing sight of the meaning of Memorial Day. Since purchasing the cemetery in 2007, John O. Mitchell III and John O. (Jack) Mitchell IV, owners of the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc. in Towson, MD have been committed to continuing the tradition of honoring those who serve our country and they welcome the community to pay tribute to these dedicated men and women.