Towson-area residents will have two dates on which to pay tribute to fallen members of the armed services this weekend as part of the area's Memorial Day ceremonies.
The American Legion Towson Post 22 will host its annual Memorial Day remembrance on Sunday, May 27, 1 p.m., at the Wayside Cross, at the corner of York Road at Shealey Avenue, Towson.
Members of the post, as well as local veterans, elected officials, members of the Towson Elks and guests will gather. for a ceremony in remembrance. for those who have died in service to America. Members of the County Council and local members of the General Assembly have also been invited.
The Wayside Cross was built by The American Legion Towson Post 22, along with the Baltimore County Monument Committee, and completed in August 1921.
The post lays a wreath at the monument each Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and also maintains the flags at this monument.
Then, on Monday, May 28, at 10 a.m., Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony.
Members of the military with ties to Maryland, killed since May 2011 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, will be honored at the service, which will take place in the Circle of the Immortals. The observance is free and open to the public. Those who will be honored are:
• Air Force Master Sgt. Tara Brown, of Bowie (died April 27, 2011).
• Army Sgt. Jameel Freeman, of Baltimore (Aug. 11, 2011).
• Army Sgt. Barun Rai, of Silver Spring (Aug, 3, 2011).
• Army Spec. Ronald Wildrick Jr., of Woodsboro, (Dec. 11, 2011).
• Airman 1st Class Matthew Seidler, of Westminster (Jan. 5, 2012).
• Air Force Senior Airman Julian Scholten, of Upper Marlboro (Feb. 18, 2012).
• Army Maj. Robert Marchanti II, of Baltimore (Feb. 25, 2012).
The ceremony will also pay tribute to those who gave their lives in Korea, Vietnam and World War II.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Maryland, Edward Chow Jr., a Vietnam War veteran, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers will include U.S. Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersburger and Brig. Gen. Allyson Solomon, Maryland's senior Air National Guard Officer. Other participants include the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band, the Maryland National Guard, the Patriot Guard Riders and the Elkridge Young Marines.
The organization, Veterans Moving Forward which provides service dogs to veterans with both physical and mental health challenges, will also participate in the ceremony.
The annual Memorial Day ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens is a legacy of the former owners, the Armiger family. Since purchasing the cemetery in 2007, John O. Mitchell III and John O. (Jack) Mitchell IV, owners of the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc., in Towson, have continued the tradition.