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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials will be attending a ceremony to honor veterans in Baltimore.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will join Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Rep. John Sarbanes at the ceremony on Monday.

Other state and local officials also will attend, as well as members of various veterans organizations.

The ceremony will be held in the War Memorial Plaza after the annual veterans march.

Meanwhile, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has spoken with active duty military personnel in Afghanistan to thank them for their service.

The governor spoke via a Google online chat on Monday morning from the Maryland Statehouse with service members who are taking a speech and writing class with the University of Maryland University College at Bagram Air Field.

O’Malley commended them for working to continue their education while deployed. Javier Miyares, the president of UMUC, also took part in the call from Annapolis.

UMUC is a state school that specializes in online education for members of the military stationed overseas. It has about 98,000 students. More than half are military service members, veterans and their families.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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