The Aegis

Port Deposit honors those who made ultimate sacrifice

The officers of VFW Post 8185 held two wreath-laying services Sunday in celebration of Memorial Day.

At Harmony Chapel Cemetery off Dr. Jack Road in Conowingo, the group laid wreaths at the grave of Jerry Skrivanek, the first local casualty of World War II and the namesake of VFW Post 8185. The second stop for the group led by Post Commander D. Harvey Cunningham Jr. was in front of the veterans memorial at the north end of Marina Park.


Five wreaths were laid at both locations – placed by past post commander Terry Heaton; past VFW Chaplain Frank Way; VFW Quartermaster Bruce Edwards; Ladies Auxiliary Chaplain Sarah Cunningham; and past president of the men's auxiliary Gary Tennis.

Mayor Wayne Tome addressed the crowd in front of the Gas House, thanking the veterans for their service. Soloist Cindi Lamb Wiley sang the national anthem and "For Freedom" by Avalon. Additional participants included the honor guard from the 29th Division Association, Chapter 85 from Elkton, the color guard from the American Legion Post 194 in Rising Sun, the re-enactors from Snow's Battery, Port Deposit; Boy Scout Pack 144; and Cub Scout Pack 555 from Port Deposit.


The VFW then provided lunch for everyone at the post home. Thanks to Linda Cotton and Kathy Heaton for preparing and Ruth Turner for serving an exceptional meal to conclude the celebration.

The former Ceda Perkins celebrated her birthday on May 24 and my Harford County friend, Janet Jourdan, added a year to her age on May 27.

Mayor and EMS Chief Wayne Tome reminded us that last week was EMS Week and he paid tribute to our nation's veterans as Memorial Day approached. He mentioned that the Water Witch Fire Company is an all-volunteer service and that the EMS unit is expecting new combi-carriers to replace their traditional orthopedic stretchers.

Cecil County Relay for Life at Elkton High School is set for tonight (Friday) with the opening ceremonies starting at 6 p.m. on the track. Come a support those who are fighting for their lives or come to honor those who have lost their fight with cancer. A new contest is added this year - "Pretty Little Relayer" - for infants and children up to age 5 in the activities tent at 7 p.m. Luminaries will be lit at 9 p.m. A basket and bag fundraising bingo will be played at 10 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Call Anne, 410-378-3338, for information regarding the bingo. The high school is at 110 James St., off Route 279.

Ahoy, all fishermen… sign up for the 8th Annual Rockfish Tournament sponsored by Exelon Power and the Port Deposit Chamber of Commerce. The date for the captain's meeting is Friday, June 6 and the fishing will start at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 7 and will continue until 4 p.m. that day. Win cash prizes for the "longest" and for the "heaviest" rockfish caught. The cost is $50 for each adult angler and free for those under 16. For more information see the chamber's website,

Enjoy the festivities of SunFest on Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. throughout the town of Rising Sun. The parade begins at Martin's on East Main Street at 9 a.m. Food and fun will be the order of the day. Activities include a car show, a puppet show, a talent show, face painting, dancing, music, a dunking booth and a mechanical bull. There will be activities for kids and trips to the zoo. SunFest is sponsored by the Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce. See you there!

The American Legion 194, 336 E. Main St., Rising Sun is planning its annual Father's Day bull roast for Sunday, June 15. Tickets are available at the post.