Veterans Day Celebration
Photo by: Ron Bailey Photo Productions
The 2020 Leonardtown Veterans Day Virtual Celebration featured a combination of live and pre-recorded content that included scenes from a Veterans Day Parade for the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, local student readings of their winning essays, "What Veterans Day Means to Me", and Spotlights on our local War Veterans. There was such an outpouring of support from the community, that we are also including links to the wonderful additional virtual content we received in honor of our local Veterans. View the Veterans Day Programming below and click on the associated links to view the content.
We are excited to announce that we are returning to our live celebration this year. For more information on the 2021 Leonardtown Veterans Day Parade and Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony, please visit the 2021 Veterans Day page.
The Leonardtown Virtual Veterans Day Event
In Honor of Our Veterans
Join us in honoring those who have served our Country in the Leonardtown Veterans Day Virtual Celebration featuring a combination of live and pre-recorded content to include spotlights on local Veterans and Organizations that serve them. The day's celebration included a Virtual Veterans Day Parade (previously recorded at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home on two Saturday's in October and November), a live Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony that originally aired at 10 AM on November 11th, and Spotlights on some of our local War Veterans.
Senior Chief Larry Brabec
U.S. Navy, Vietnam Veteran
In this spotlight, we share a conversation with Senior Chief Larry Brabec, U.S. Navy, Vietnam Veteran. Thank you to Bob Fowler for filming this engaging, candid interview for the Leonardtown Virtual Veterans Day Event. Excerpts from this video were shown during the virtual event. you can view the entire video conversation here:
Rememberances of WWII
Two Friends Share their Remembrances of their time in the U.S. Navy during WWII
In this touching video, two friends reminisce about their time in the Navy during WWII. They recount their experiences entering the U.S. Navy, their training, their jobs and a surprising reacquaintance away from home. Thank you to Bob Fowler for sharing this touching video of his father and his friend.
Thank You Messages for
To Our Veterans
Local Dignitaries sent heartfelt virtual messages of thanks to our Veterans. Click on the links below to view the messages of support.
Salute to Veterans
Honoring Those Who've Served
Dawn Campbell, owner of Style by Dawn Clothing Boutique at Shepherd's Old Field Market and host of LTown Style, speaks with local First Responders before they participated in the Virtual Veterans Day Parade for the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. The area First Responders, many of whom are also Veterans, took time to say thank you to other Veterans for their service and scrifices for our freedom.
AFCEA Southern Maryland
A Tribute to Veterans
Veterans’ Day is Wednesday, November 11th . Generally at this time of year, we are prepping for Veteran’s Day ceremonies and the Leonardtown parade. This year is different, with COVID many Veteran events have been cancelled and our veterans are not being recognized and celebrated, as done in the past.
To promote Veterans’ Day, the AFCEA Southern Maryland Chapter is hosting a virtual “A Tribute to Veterans” in support of our Southern Maryland community. The event will open with a short intro, National Anthem, then the Pledge of Allegiance, and followed by many Veterans sharing their stories. It will be a great event for all to see. The video link, “A Tribute to Veterans,” will be posted throughout the southern Maryland region to commemorate Veteran’s Day.
View the AFCEA Southern Maryland Veteran Tribute Video>
Veterans Day Spotlight:
Spotlights on Organizations that Serve our Veterans
The videos below highlight wonderful area organizations that serve those who serve. These amazing programs noted below are great resource for Veterans and their families.
Virtual Marching Band Revue
Virtual Marching Band Performances
A staple at the Annual Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown, the local high school bands (Leonardtown, Chopticon and Great Mills) perform virtually in celebration of our Veterans.
The American Legion American Flag Presentations
The Symbolism, History, Etiquette & Protocols
The members of the American Legion in Avenue, Maryland are the keepers of the traditions and rich history of the United States. They help preserve the memories and incidents that helped build our Country. In a series of informative presentation videos, the American Legion helps teach about the rich history of the U.S. Flag and demonstrate the proper care and handling of this enduring symbol of our freedom.
The 2020 Flag Disposal Ceremony
The Dignified Retirement of U.S. Flags
Over 500 U.S. Flags were retired in a Flag Disposal Ceremony at the Governmental Center in Leonardtown. The ceremony, conducted by the Southern Maryland American Legion Chapter 221, is a dignified ceremony where used and worn flags are disposed of by burning.