Memorial Day ceremony a tradition in Arbutus

Area residents looking to celebrate Memorial Day by honoring the service of veterans will again gather at the flagpole at the intersection of Sulphur Spring Road and East Drive at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

The American Legion Dewey Lowman Post 109 will host its annual memorial service, featuring the post's 27 Flags Unit, speeches by post members and local politicians and bagpipe music .

A group of flag bearers and the motorcycle group "The American Legion Riders" will meet at the Hollywood Theater to begin the procession to the flagpole at 10 a.m. and the service will follow.

"The flags march in, we play the Star Spangled Banner, I'll give a little speech," said Bob Haney, commander of the Dewey Lowman post.

"Then we set a wreath that's by the little monument that's there and then we have a little prayer and the flags march back out," he said.

Haney said, though the ceremony is usually short, it is an important way to pay tribute to the men and women who have served the country.

"As an American Legion Post, it's something that we give back to the community," he said.

After the service, many of the flag bearers and American Legion members will go to Loudon Park Cemetery to lay a wreath at the entrance to the military section of the cemetery.

"A lot of the guys that are in our group now, went to the ceremony when they were kids," he said of the post members, who live in Catonsville and Arbutus.

"That's Arbutus," Haney said. "It's a very patriotic little community. It's like a small town surrounded by city.

"It's just the things that the people of Arbutus do," he said. "They love it (the service). They expect it."

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