(May 23, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City is reminding citizens that the administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. The normal trash pick-up schedule will be in effect.
A special patriotic Beach Lights show will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25, at North Division Street and the beach. The five-story tall inflatable sphere featuring a visual laser, lighting, special effects, video and audio production with visibly along the Boardwalk, will last approximately 8 minutes and will begin at 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. both days. Adding to the excitement of the OC Beach Light show will be a fireworks display which is included into the presentation.
Residents and visitors can also celebrate the true meaning of the holiday by participating in 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.