Tue May 27, 2014
Delmarva Marks Memorial Day
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley spent part of his Memorial Day strumming a banjo as a street musician in Annapolis.
Photos of the governor playing a six-string banjo emerged Monday on the Twitter account for the blog Eye on Annapolis. O'Malley's Twitter account later posted the photo along with the words "I love that as governor of MD I can still play street music in Annapolis." In the photo O'Malley is wearing a Baltimore Ravens T-shirt, cargo shorts and flip-flops. He seems to be accepting tips in his banjo case.
O'Malley, a Democrat, has for years been the frontman of a Celtic rock band, O'Malley's March, where he sings and plays guitar, banjo and tin whistle. His band still plays several concerts a year.
Hundreds showed up for a Memorial Day ceremony in Salisbury in front of the Wicomico War Veteran’s Memorial.
The service just outside the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center began with a moment of silence as flags from each service branch waved gently in the wind.
Sergeant Edward Tattersall an army vet who served in Vietnam told the WBOC that he still tears up when the names of the fallen are read aloud.
The War Memorial was built in 2002 and has 9 plaques with a total of 190 names who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Meanwhile, an honor guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 475 in Newark spread out across New Castle County and Maryland to perform 24 ceremonies.
And more civilians marked the day across Delaware.
Hundreds gathered at the All Saints Cemetery in Milltown for a Mass overseen by Bishop W. Francis Malooly of the Diocese of Wilmington.
Mark Christian, executive director of Catholic Cemeteries for the diocese, told the Wilmington News Journal that attendance at the ceremonies seems to have grown over the years.