The City of Gaithersburg honors the nation’s fallen heroes with a Memorial Day Observance on Thursday, May 30th at 11 a.m. at Christman Park. This observance is accompanied by the 75th anniversary of D-Day in World War II, which will be referenced during the day.
There will be a guest speaker, Commander Roger K. Lunde, United States Navy (retired). Commander Lunde graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1964 and was awarded a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1972. During his 20-year career, Commander Lunde identified and located enemy ships in Scotland, Japan, and both coasts of the United States. He completed his career as Chief of Office of Support Plans at the National Security Agency. At sea, he was assigned to special operations and was Fleet Cryptologic Officer.
The ceremony will have speeches and music to inspire patriotism, followed by a solemn wreath-laying ceremony. The Cadet Color Guard of Gaithersburg High School will present the colors, Maren Lewis will perform the National Anthem, and “Taps” will be played by Mark Pera.
Guests of the event are invited to fill out a card and provide a 4×6 picture for a Book of Tribute, honoring loved ones who serve or have served.
If you can’t make it to the Observance, you can still support our veterans. The Verterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #2562 are teaming up with the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH) to help the homeless veterans of Montgomery County. MCCH provides emergency shelter to approximately 75 veterans annually, and gives them a safe, stable, and affordable place to stay. Donations are accepted between 4 and 9 p.m.
Christman Park is named in honor of Lt. William J. Christman III, a Gaithersburg resident who was killed during Vietnam. Groups or individuals interested in attending or participating in the Memorial Day Observance may contact Dorthy Winder at (301) 258-6350 or Dorthy.Widner(Sorry, please remove this text and add the normal symbol.)gaithersburgmd.gov.
The Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village Rotary Clubs are hosting their annual Flags for Our Heroes event over Memorial Day Weekend that allows you to sponsor one of the hundreds of flags that are displayed in the front lawn of the Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm for a loved one. These flags are on display from May 24th through the 27th, and the opening ceremony is on May 25th at 11 a.m.