Memorial Day Observance

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Date(s) - May 30, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Christman Park

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Gaithersburg to Recognize Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

Gaithersburg, MD – (May 1, 2012) Loyalty and patriotism will be on full display as The City of Gaithersburg joins the nation in honoring all who have given their lives in military service at a very special Memorial Day Observance on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Christman Park. The public is invited to join the Mayor, members of the City Council, City staff, and honored guests in a tribute to Gaithersburg’s sons and daughters who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Joining the observance will be special guest speaker Brigadier General (Ret.) Gerald E. Galloway. General Galloway is a Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland, where his teaching and research focus is on water resources and natural disaster policy and management. During a 38-year career in the military following his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, he served in various command and staff assignments in Germany, Southeast Asia, and the United States. General Galloway currently serves as a consultant to several federal, state, and non-governmental agencies on water resources policy development and flood risk management.

The patriotic ceremony will include words and music to commemorate the occasion, as well as a solemn wreath-laying ceremony. At the event guests will also be invited to fill out a card for our Book of Tribute, honoring friends and family who serve.

Christman Park, named for Lt. William J. Christman III, a Gaithersburg resident who was killed in Vietnam, is located at 304 West Deer Park Road in Gaithersburg. Groups or individuals interested in attending or participating in the Memorial Day Observance should contact Mark Winans at 301-258-6350 or email [email protected] For more information, visit the City’s website at

The City of Gaithersburg continues to encourage support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Adopt-A-Unit program, sending support and hopes for a safe return to those deployed overseas. Of particular need are powdered drink mixes, Silly String (to detect lasers in a room), cherry flavored Chapstick, men’s undershirts, boxers and briefs, flypaper, cans of salted nuts, travel size toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, shampoos and lotions, Ziploc bags, trail mixes, disposable cameras, and AA and AAA batteries. The VFW also accepts cash and check donations, which they use to purchase postage & calling cards in bulk at a discounted price. Donations can be dropped off between 4 and 9 p.m. at the VFW John M. Carter Post #9862, 211K N. Frederick Avenue (behind the 7-11 in the Duvall Center), Gaithersburg, MD 20877, 301-948-0781. Please make checks payable to VFW Post #9862.