Maryland has contributed its sons and daughters to military missions from the time the first military contingents were formed in the state’s colonial history. Shortly after the founding of St. Mary’s County, on March 25, 1634, the military, in the form of militias, and later as professional soldiers, has been defending Maryland residents, both home and abroad.
Maryland is also home to numerous military installations and naval bases. At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, a ceasefire was called between Germany and the western allies, marking the beginning of the end of World War I. President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11, 1919, as the first Armistice Day to commemorate and honor American veterans who had fought in the “war to end all wars.”
It was not until 1954 that the name of Armistice Day was officially changed to Veterans Day. During the 2013 observance of Veterans Day, local, state and federal government agencies will join veterans groups around the state to pause and remember Maryland’s veterans. These events will celebrate those who fought.
41660 Courthouse Drive
Leonardtown, Md. 20650
Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 10 a.m.
The annual Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown, in St. Mary’s County, will feature marching bands, antique cars, cavalry units, bagpipes, Boy and Girl Scouts and a memorial wreath-laying ceremony in the town square. Free parking and a shuttle service will be available at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds and at the College of Southern Maryland Campus. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m.
Rockville Veterans Day Ceremony
111 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, Md. 20850
Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 11 a.m.
Beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, the city of Rockville will commemorate Veterans Day at Veterans Park. As is customary, the mayor and city council of Rockville will lead the ceremony. A wreath-laying ceremony by American Legion Post 86 will be conducted during the event.
8000 York Road
Towson, Md. 21252
Dates: Nov. 1-22, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the Fine Arts and Communication Department and the Veterans Center, Towson University is presenting a Veterans Film Series at 7 p.m. on Fridays from Nov. 1 to 22 as a tribute to Veterans Day. There are four films that will be shown: “Veterans of Color,” “Jarhead,” “Service” and “Act of Valor.” The films will be shown at the Van Bokkelen Auditorium and admission is free.
War Memorial Commission
101 N. Gay St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
The War Memorial was created by the governor of Maryland and the mayor of Baltimore in 1919. The War Memorial was dedicated on April 5, 1925. Covering two city blocks, the building is headquarters to a number of government and civil veterans groups. It features a 1,000-seat auditorium, and the walls are inscribed with the names of the 1,752 residents of Maryland who died during World War I. The facility is the repository for about 70,000 military discharge records. Copies of the records can be obtained by contacting the commission.
Veterans Day Ride to Arlington Cemetery
7830 Airpark Road
Gaithersburg, Md. 20879
Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 7:30 a.m.
Join other Harley-Davidson enthusiasts in their annual Veterans Day Ride to Arlington Cemetery. This year’s ride begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs through 2 p.m. The ride begins with free coffee and doughnuts. Riders meet at Battley Harley-Davidson and depart at 8 a.m.
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