(May 22, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City will host the Huey Veterans Memorial dedication ceremony at the Ocean City Municipal Airport at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 26. Dedicated “In Honor of Those Who Served,” the memorial was created by the Town of Ocean City as a tribute to those veterans who served their country in times of armed conflict, past or present, especially those who made the supreme sacrifice.
“The Huey Veterans Memorial is a constant reminder of times, friends, and loved ones, past and present, who served to preserve those freedoms we so much enjoy but oftentimes take for granted,” said Tom Oneto, president of the Ocean City Aviation Association. “Each piece of military equipment has its own distinct characteristics and the Huey was no exception. Its distinct rotor sound generated a feeling of reassurance to ground troops and comforted the wounded.”
The Huey has served every branch of the military, and a number of government agencies, over its 48 year operational life. When notified by the Army of its availability, the Ocean City Mayor and City Council readily endorsed obtaining the historic aircraft to represent the town’s memorial to its veterans. Restored by the Ocean City Aviation Association (OCAA), the Huey now sits upon its cradle for all to see.
The Huey Veterans Memorial dedication festivities will begin with the presentation of colors by the Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) Salisbury Composite Squadron. Mayor Rick Meehan will then make the dedication and unveil its memorial plaque, followed by additional speakers with gratitude for the memorial’s construction. At the conclusion of the ceremony, light refreshments will be served.
Ocean City’s Huey Veterans Memorial Dedication
Opening: Tom Oneto, President-Emeritus, Ocean City Aviation Association (OCAA)
Presenting of Colors: Salisbury Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol and Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Invocation: Kenneth Thom, Pastor (Ret) All Hollows Episcopal Church, Snow Hill, MD
A City’s Tribute to Veterans and Unveiling of Plaque: Rick Meehan, Mayor, Town of Ocean City.
Significance of the Memorial to Veterans: Sharyn O’Hare, Board Member Emeritus and Co-founder of the Worcester CountyVeterans Memorial at Ocean Pines.
Closing: Tom Oneto, President Emeritus OCAA.
For more information, including parking and directions for the event, please contact Tom Oneto, 410-641-6888.