Wall of Honor to be Updated During Memorial Day Ceremony in Ocean City

Information and plaques on The Wall of Honor at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave., will be updated during MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES, Mon., May 28 at 11 a.m. The Wall honors Ocean City residents who have sacrificed their lives in the service of the United States during World War I and II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

Jim Houck, Past Commander and Judge Advocate of American Legion Post 524, has completed extensive research on those killed in action. He has authored a booklet with a history of each honoree’s service. The booklet will be given to those who attend the Memorial Day Ceremony.

The booklet also contains an interesting history of the evolution of the Wall that dates back to 1879, the year Ocean City was founded.

Houck and Bob Marzulli, Commander of Post 524 will read the solemn roll call of those who have made the “supreme sacrifice.” New plaques have been installed to bring the monument up to date.

Houck will be honored by Mayor Jay Gillian during the service for his extensive research and creative efforts in bringing the story of the Wall to the public.

Guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Kenneth Peter U.S., Army. Amazing Grace will be played by Jack Meehan on bagpipes and Greg Murphy from Buglers across America will play taps.

There will also be a Presentation of Wreath and a POW, Missing in Action Service during the program.

(May 28) Ocean City Lifeguards will set adrift “a wreath at sea” at 9:15 a.m. in the ocean at the south side of the Music Pier to honor those who have given their lives for our country.

(Fri., May 25) The OCEAN will be unlocked by City officials and lifeguards at noon on the 9th St. Beach opposite the Music Pier. A big key is turned in the sand and BLUB! The sea is open for another season. I have often thought that fish have been overlooked during this ceremony, for who benefits most from an open ocean? That’s right. The Fish! I have invited a number of them to come to the beach to rejoice at the ceremony and who knows, they may show up?

(May 25) The BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE!  After the Key Turning, business folks and those who just like to do nutty stuff will take a walk into the water as Pomp and Circumstance resounds from a loud speaker system. This is our different way of welcoming the new season. Latest entries in the soggy event according to John Walton, event organizer, are 2nd Timers, Ed Sheppard, Bonded Baby Sitters; TaDah Clothing Boutiques; Mike Jamison and the Sun Mortgage Crew; all the Ladies from Title Co. of New Jersey who Walton says are excited about this inspirational event!;  The Shore Division of Century 21 Alliance; Ocean City Fine Arts League Artists; Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy; Wards Pastries; the Ocean City Free Public Library; the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce; Main Street: The Air Circus Pirate, Doug Jewell and more mascots than you can possibly imagine.

(Sun., May 27) Barks on the Boards: Registered dogs can walk on the Boardwalk between noon and 2 p.m. At 1 p.m. dogs will compete in contests at the Music Pier-Best Dressed, Largest, Smallest, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Owner Look Alike, etc. For information, call 609-398-9500 or visit www.hsocnj.org.

(May 23) OCEAN CITY OPERAFEST International is an exchange program that sponsors local singing talent performances in Germany and brings young German talent to Ocean City. Nancy Fox, founder of Operafest, is hosting a fun/fund raising event at the Ocean City Yacht Club on Wed., May 23 at 7 p.m. It will be a lively musical preview of what her performers will present in Germany. There will be a grand buffet of chocolate desserts and more. Tickets are $30 for adults, $35 at the door and $15 for children 12 and under. Call 609-399-7291 or visit www.foxvocalarts.com.

(June 1-3) The City’s 40th Annual FLOWER SHOW returns to the Music Pier the first weekend in June which will be here faster than you can say Chrysanthemums. This was one of the first events I was involved in after becoming public relations director here.

The legendary Jim Penland came into our office and said: “You know Mark, we should have a flower show.”

To which I replied, “Great Jim, how do we do that?”

“Why, we talk to the ladies of the Garden Club,” he replied.

We did. Jim Penland, who was a great artist, was also a persuasive salesman. Sure enough, the Garden Club was ready for such a venture.

The First event in 1973 was a “Flower Art Show.” Jim set up an easel in the middle of the Music Pier auditorium surrounded by flower exhibits and produced paintings of flowers. It was very impressive.

The show consists of Artistic Design arrangements and horticultural specimens. You will find everything from orchids and roses to Bonsai and Cactus. The upcoming show also features live piano music played from the Music Pier stage.

The show presents a few professional exhibits but is primarily for the amateur “green thumber” It also has a popular category for children. Entry in the competition is free and prizes (ribbons and trophies) are awarded. For information, call 609-525-9300.

Admission to the Flower Show is also free but you may show your support by dropping a donation into a jar near the entrance.

This year’s show is dedicated to Penland who passed away recently after a highly successful career as an artist and businessman. During his lifetime Jim had popular shops on the Boardwalk and in the downtown and was a consultant to the Philippines. He was retained to help that country launch its crafts industry.

Penland was also instrumental in helping to found three arts centers, one in Atlantic City and the Ocean City Arts Center and Ocean City Fine Arts League. He also established a free outreach program for disabled people and taught them the joy of using artwork to express themselves.

In his later years, he established a gallery in Millville and became a major force in establishing that community’s successful downtown art district.

(May 27) Ocean City’s professional soccer team, the Nor’easters kick off against the Central Jersey Spartans at Carey Stadium, 6th and Atlantic Ave., at 7 p.m. Half time events include a marching band. Free entry for any youth soccer players wearing their Team Jersey. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for kids. For information call 609-525-9999 or visit www.OceanCityFC.com

NOTE: Every Wednesday, June 27th through September the popular Farmer’s Market returns to the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. and also to the Fire House Parking Lot on 6th St. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Ocean City Free PUBLIC LIBRARY has an array of free entertainment and educational events that you should know about. To access complete information on the programs, call 609-399-2434 or visit www.oceancitylibrary.org.When you call the Library sign up for newsletters@oceancitylibrary.org


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