American Legion Salutes Ocean City Merchants, Citizens for Their Support

American Legion Salutes Ocean City Merchants, Citizens for Their Support

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American Legion Post Commander Bob Marzulli gives Emma Raditz a medal as her father, Corporal Bobby Raditz and wife, Erika, smile. The Mays Landing family was given a vacation courtesy of American Legion Post 524.

Submitted By Doug Otto

Ocean City’s Morvay-Miley American Legion Post 524 has been arranging free weeklong vacations for military personnel and their families in “America’s Greatest Family Resort” since 2013.

The Rest & Relaxation Program pays tribute to service men and women for sacrifices made during their time in the military. Whenever military personnel are deployed, their families also share in that deployment by being separated from their loved ones.

This year Post 524 hosted the families of Army Reserve Capt. Joanne Schultze and Marine Lance Corporal Bobby Raditz.

American Legion Post 524 member Steve Cole with Capt. Joanne Schultze as she makes her way into the legion for a celebration in her honor.

The week’s activities always begin with a fire and police escort into town, alongside The Legion Riders motorcycle brigade.

The service organization’s Rest & Relaxation Program would not exist without the generosity of local merchants, who donate products and services, and Ocean City citizens who offer their island properties at no cost.

“We are deeply indebted to all the local business owners and the citizens of Ocean City who consistently support our vacation program for military personnel and their families,” said Jerry Bonner, Director of the R&R Program.

“Time and again, these folks have come through with fabulous gifts and the use of their condos for the week,” Bonner continued. “The smiles, and sometimes tears, that appear on the faces of our military hero family members, demonstrate how grateful they are.”

Jody Levchuk, left, owner of Jilly’s Candy Factory, receives a commendation letter from Director of the American Legion’s Rest and Relaxation Program Jerry Bonner. (Photo provided by Doug Otto)

Ocean City American Legion Post 524 says “Thank You” to:

Airport Diner

Arlene’s Restaurant

Blitz’s Market

Brown’s Restaurant

Domino’s Pizza

Fashion Nails

Handlaget Shop

Henry’s Landmark Jewelers

Hobby Horse Ice Cream Parlor

Hoy’s 5 & 10

Jay’s Crab Shack

Jilly’s Candy Factory

Johnson’s Popcorn

Jon and Patty’s Restaurant

Kirk’s

Mallon’s Sticky Buns

Mayor Jay Gillian

MC Signs and Graphics

Mia Christmas Gallery

Ocean City Aquatics & Fitness Center

Ocean City Chamber of Commerce

Ocean First Bank

Potomac Bead Company

Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy & Fudge

Spinning Wheel Florist

Sun Rose Words & Music

Ta-Dah Clothing

TD Bank

The One Shop Fashion Accessories

The Sneaker Shop

7th Street Surf Shop

34th Street Market

USO Representative

M.J. Flammer

Joanne Schultze

Ocean City Condo Donations  

Bob and Michelle DaBundo

Gina Secrest