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Commemorating Veterans Day in Towson

Veterans from World War II and all wars to present as well as family members and officials gathered around the Wayside Cross in downtown Towson on a chilly Nov. 11 to commemorate Veterans Day on Monday.

Towson American Legion Post No. 22 Commander Ken Wetzel led the ceremony, which is hosted by the Towson Legion and the Towson Elks 469, and which pays tribute to all American veterans.

"The whole intent of the commemoration is to recognize the service and sacrifice of veterans, both living and those who did not come home, as well as sacrifices of the loved ones they leave behind," Wetzel said after the ceremony.

After an opening prayer by the Towson American Legion's chaplain, Robert Rigger, and remarks, Retired Master Gunnery Sergeant Paul Curry, a member of the Towson Elks, laid the wreath at Wayside Cross. The John F. Nicoll Pipe Band accompanied the event.

Wetzel said there are 204 names on Wayside Cross, World War I soldiers from Baltimore County, who "made the ultimate sacrifice" in giving their lives.

Attendees then walked to the Vietnam Memorial at Towson Courthouse Gardens and a wreath was also laid there. About 100 people attended the commemoration, half of whom were veterans, and included American Legion Department of Maryland Commander Gary B. Vogt, Wetzel said.

Wetzel said Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies have been held at Wayside Cross since it was erected by the Towson Legion and Elks in 1920.

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