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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Remembrances and Revelry to Mark Memorial Day Weekend in Rockville

72nd Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade to Cap Hometown Holidays

Rockville, Maryland, May 12 – Rockville will conclude its weekend-long celebration of the 28th annual Hometown Holidays music festival and will mark Memorial Day with a ceremony and parade on Monday, May 30, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Rockville Town Center.

The 72nd annual ceremony begins with a musical prelude by the Rockville Concert Band and the Rockville Community Chorus at 9 a.m. The commemoration, hosted by the Mayor and Council, begins at 9:30 a.m. and includes remarks from Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton, a traditional wreath-laying led by American Legion Post 86, and the presentation of colors by the American Legion Post 86 Color Guard and the Rockville City Police Department Honor Guard.

Attendees will also hear from the parade grand marshal and Navy veteran John E. Klansek. Klansek served in the South Pacific during World War II, as part of an amphibious communications unit supporting Marine forces, and then at the naval air station in Honolulu, Hawaii as a radioman.

He was recalled to active duty from the Navy Reserve for the Korean War as a personnelman 2nd class and was assigned to the USS Cape Esperance, which transported airplanes, supplies and troops. During his military service, Klansek earned nine commemorative medals, the Good Conduct Medal and a special letter and commemorative medal from the Korean government.

Klansek has lived in Montgomery County since 1956. He is retired after 38 years with the U.S. Department of Energy. He and his wife, Judy, live outside of Damascus after raising their five children in Rockville. Two of his granddaughters have served as Rockville American Legion “poppy representatives” in past Rockville Memorial Day parades.

Following the ceremony, the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. It will proceed from Martins Lane and North Washington Street, turn left on Beall Avenue and right on Maryland Avenue through Rockville Town Center, before making a left on East Montgomery Avenue. The parade will feature drill teams, marching bands, multicultural community groups, military units and more.

Melissa Mollet, an Emmy Award-winning traffic and transit reporter for NBC4 who lives in Rockville, will be the parade’s master of ceremonies.

The ceremony and parade wrap up Hometown Holidays, which will feature performances by more than 30 local, regional and national bands on four stages, favorite food from local restaurants at the Taste of Rockville, and kids amusements and entertainment (including the return of “the beach” sand pile). The festival runs from 2-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. (Taste of Rockville opens at noon each day.)

For more about Memorial Day and Hometown Holidays, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/HTH.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Marylou Berg
Director of Communication
240-314-8105
mberg@rockvillemd.gov

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