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.
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.”
Ocean City American Legion Post 524 says “Thank You” to:
Henry’s Landmark Jewelers
Hobby Horse Ice Cream Parlor
Hoy’s 5 & 10
Jay’s Crab Shack
Jilly’s Candy Factory
Jon and Patty’s Restaurant
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
The One Shop Fashion Accessories
The Sneaker Shop
7th Street Surf Shop
34th Street Market
Ocean City Condo Donations
Bob and Michelle DaBundo