Memorial Day Observance

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Memorial Day Observance
Memorial Day Observance
Memorial Day Observance

Thursday, May 30, 2019

11 AM - 12 PM

Loyalty & patriotism will be on full display as the City joins the nation in honoring all who have given their lives in military service at its Memorial Day Observance. The public is invited to join the Mayor and City Council, Junior Mayor, City staff and honored guests in a tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Joining the May 30 observance will be guest speaker Commander Roger K. Lunde, United States Navy (Retired). Commander Lunde graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1964 and was commissioned in the Naval Security Group. In 1968, he completed the Russian course at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. He was awarded the degree of Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1972. During his 20-year career, Commander Lunde worked to identify and locate enemy ships. He was assigned to duties in Scotland and Japan as well as California, Maryland, Hawaii, Maine, and Washington, D.C. He was Commanding Officer of Naval Security Group Activity, Winter Harbor, Maine, and completed his career as Chief of the Office of Support Plans at the National Security Agency. At sea, he was assigned to submarines deployed for special operations and was Fleet Cryptologic Officer on the staff of the Commander of the U. S. Seventh Fleet aboard the flagship homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. 

The patriotic ceremony will include words and music to commemorate the occasion, followed by a solemn wreath-laying ceremony. The Cadet Color Guard of Gaithersburg High School will present the colors, Young Artist Award 2nd place vocal winner Maren Lewis will perform the national anthem, and “Taps” will be played by Gaithersburg High School student Mark Pera. At the event, guests will be invited to fill out a card and provide a 4x6 photograph for a Book of Tribute, honoring friends and family members who serve.

Groups or individuals interested in attending or participating in the Memorial Day Observance may contact the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture.

Support Homeless Veterans

At the observance we will be collecting items to support homeless veterans in Montgomery County. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #2562 is partnering with the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH) to support Operation Homecoming, which provides safe, stable and affordable housing to an average of 75 homeless veterans each year. Below is a list of items requested by MCCH.

Toiletries Cleaning Supplies Food
Shampoo & Conditioner Dishwashing Soap Canned Chili, Stews, & Soups
Soap Dishwasher Soap Canned Tuna, Salmon, & Beans
Toothbrushes & Toothpaste Bathroom Cleaners Dried Fruit & Nuts
Razors & Shaving Cream All-Purpose Cleaners Canned Fruits & Vegetables
Lotion Cleaning Sponges Peanut Butter & Jelly
Deodorant Laundry Detergent Ground Coffee
Hairbrushes & Combs Dryer Sheets Cereal, Oatmeal, & Granola Bars
Towels Trash Bags Rice, Pasta, & Sauces

Please make checks payable to the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. Drop-offs, tax deductible receipts and more information are available between 4 and 9 p.m. at MCCH, 600 East Gude Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, 301-917-6644.