Public Invited to Veterans Day Ceremony

Public Invited to Veterans Day Ceremony

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Primary School students recite the Pledge of Allegiance in American Sign Language at the 2018 Ocean City Veterans Day service.

Ocean City’s annual Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue.

The event honors all the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

Ocean City’s ceremony will include music, remarks, prayer and the placing of a memorial wreath. Ocean City’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion posts sponsor and participate in the event.

This year’s keynote speaker is E-4 Lance Corporal Rickey R. Arce. He joined the Marines just out of high school and fought the Taliban in Afghanistan during a deployment in 2009-2010.

After returning to the U.S. and leaving active duty, Arce faced new battles against mental health symptoms. He is now committed to sobriety and addressing his health through therapy and support group meetings.

Also at the ceremony, Ocean City Primary School students will make remarks, and American Sign Language classes from Ocean City High School will sign the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and “God Bless America.” The Ocean City High School Choir, Ocean City High School Band and OCHS student Julia Mary Wilson will perform music.