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Posted on: November 2, 2016

Veterans Day Ceremony to Feature Rockville Resident and Army Reservist

Nov. 11 Ceremony Will Include Traditional Wreath Laying and Other Salutes

Rockville, Maryland, Nov. 2 – A Rockville veteran of the United States Marine Corps who now serves in the U.S. Army Reserve will be the featured speaker as the city honors veterans of our nation’s armed forces at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at Veterans Park, at the intersection of Route 28 and Rockville Pike. It will include a wreath laying and a military salute by the American Legion Post 86 Honor Guard. 

Free parking for the ceremony will be available at the Sandy Spring Bank building, 611 Rockville Pike, between Fleet Street and Rockville Pike.

This year’s featured speaker is Command Sgt. Maj. Ross Bagwell, whose military career began when he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1987. He served eight years in the Marines, 10 years in the Army National Guard and is in his 12th year in the Army Reserve, serving in the 2nd Battalion, 317th Regiment, a drill sergeant battalion in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Bagwell attended the U.S. Army Command Sergeants' Major Academy and has deployed to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has earned numerous awards and decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Humanitarian Service Medal. 

He lives in Rockville with his wife, Melanie, and works as a principal systems engineer for NASA/Science Systems and Applications, Inc.

For more information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/veteransday, email specialevents@rockvillemd.gov or call 240-314-8620.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication
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