Prince Frederick, MD – On Monday, May 28 American Legion posts 220, 85, 206 and 274 hosted the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Calvert County Courthouse. The early afternoon ceremony featured several speakers, including National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution John Hanson Chapter Regent Mollie King and four Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets representing each of Calvert’s public high schools.

The guest speaker was Calvert County native Thomas E. “Tim” Hutchins (pictured, right), a former secretary of Veterans Affairs, Maryland State Police trooper and superintendent, director of Maryland Homeland Security and a member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing his home at the time, Charles County.

Hutchins recalled frequent visits to the courthouse lawn when he was growing up and the amazing effect the World War I memorial in front of the building had on him. He called the lawn, which has four monuments to Calvert’s war dead, “hallowed ground.” Hutchins, who is a Vietnam War veteran and had a nearly 40-year career in the U.S. Army and Maryland Army National Guard, declared it was appropriate to remember all Americans who died in the nation’s many conflicts. He also noted the nation currently has over 37,000 homeless Armed Forces veterans and they should be remembered, too.

Calvert County American Legion Commander Jay Bolles served as the master of ceremonies. Nathan Stevens of Legion Post 274 sang the Star Spangled Banner and led the attendees in singing other patriotic songs. Post 274’s Honor Guard delivered a gun salute after wreaths were placed at the four memorials by NJROTC cadets and Legion members.

Robert E. King of American Legion Post 220 delivered both the invocation and benediction.

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