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Gaithersburg Memorial Day Observance

Gaithersburg Memorial Day Observance

flagHappy Memorial Day to everyone in Gaithersburg, and across the country, and to our men and women stationed overseas.  Not often enough do we take time to think about the sacrifices the people in the armed services make everyday. If you have the time, try to make it out to Christman Park to honor those that have died for us and our country.

The City of Gaithersburg joins with the nation in honoring all who have given their lives in military service at a very special Memorial Day Observance on Saturday, May 30, 2009 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.

Special guest speaker will be Colonel Katherine N. Miller, Commander of the Army Corrections Command and United States Deputy Provost Marshal General.  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.

The City of Gaithersburg is once again supporting the efforts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), which adopts various units deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.  At the observance we will be collecting items to send overseas as part of the Adopt-A-Unit program.  Items most needed include:  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 will also accept cash and check donations for postage & calling cards, which they purchase in bulk at a discounted price.  Please make checks payable to VFW Post #9862.  Donations can be dropped off at the City’s Memorial Day Service or 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.

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 should contact Dorthy Winder at 301-258-6350 or email her at

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