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Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival 2015

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Honoring Our Fallen Heroes
Korean War Theme

May 23—25, 2015

Opening Ceremony – Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:00 AM 
Chesapeake Beach Veterans’ Memorial Park

Bring Back the True Meaning of MEMORIAL DAY!

Chesapeake Beach, MD – The Town of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland is proud to announce the fourth annual Memorial Day Festival, Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival; “Honoring Our Fallen Heroes,” May 23-25, 2015. Weekend events begin on Saturday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. with the Opening Ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park with Key Note Speaker, Maryland State First Lady, Yumi Hogan and Guest Speaker William E. Weber, Col-USA-Ret. and Chairman of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation. This year’s theme is the Korean War.

Playing the National Anthem as well as other patriotic music at the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, May 24 at 10:00 am at the Chesapeake Beach Veterans’ Memorial Park is The United States Naval Academy Band’s Brass Quintet.

The United States Naval Academy Band, “The Navy’s Oldest and Finest,” has been providing music for the Brigade of Midshipmen and surrounding community since 1852. Located at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, this premier military band offers fifteen world-class ensembles which perform a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to contemporary. In addition to performing at military functions at the Naval Academy and in the surrounding community, the Brass Quintet has appeared at the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Columbus, GA; Maryland Trumpet Day in Bel Air, MD; Carolina Trumpet Fest at UNCG in Greensboro, NC; University of Kentucky’s Brass Fest in Lexington, KY. The Quintet regularly appears as performers and clinicians at area colleges and universities and is led by Musician First Class Davy DeArmond.

Key Note Speaker: Yumi Hogan - First Lady, State of Maryland

Maryland's First Lady Yumi Hogan is the first Korean American first lady in the United States. Mrs. Hogan is a first-generation Korean American, an accomplished artist and an adjunct professor at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Mrs. Hogan grew up on a farm in the South Korean countryside and immigrated to the United States more than 20 years ago. Her artwork, created on traditional Hanji paper with traditional Sumi ink, has been featured in art shows and museums around Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and Seoul, South Korea. In 2010, she won the Caruso Award at the International Juried Exhibition Circle Gallery in Annapolis.

As First Lady of the State of Maryland, Mrs. Hogan plans to support the arts community and advocate for arts programs in schools across the State, and host exhibitions for Maryland artists at Government House. In addition, she plans to become involved with organizations aimed at supporting single mothers, children and victims of domestic violence.

Guest Speaker: Colonel William E. Weber Retired and Chairman of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation.

Col. Weber enlisted in the Army in Feb 1943 at age 17.  After nine months of ASTPR and then Infantry basic and advanced training, he volunteered and became a paratrooper.  Selected for OCS and commissioned a 2nd Lt of Infantry and following Jumpmaster and Demolition Courses, was assigned to the 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific and served therein at war’s end and in the occupation of Japan.  In August 1950, he deployed to Korea with the 187th Airborne RCT.  In Feb 1951, he suffered his third wound losing an arm and leg, while commanding ‘K’ Company, 187th ARCT and was evacuated stateside.  Following hospitalization, he returned to duty and retired in 1980 after 37 years 7 months service.  

His decorations are Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit w/palm, Purple Heart w/two palms, Bronze Star for Valor, Army Commendation Medal w/palm, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachute Badge, Glider Badge, Pathfinder Badge and numerous campaign and service medals.  As well he has numerous civilian awards.  

In 1987, President Reagan appointed Col. Weber as a member of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory Board.  He is now Chairman of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation and is working to have HR-1475 enacted, which would enable adding a Wall of Remembrance to the Korean War Veterans Memorial naming those Killed in Action during the Korean War. 

The Festival’s mission, “We will strive to educate our youth and our community on the true meaning of Memorial Day,” brings opportunities to participate in both fun and educational activities and events for all ages. Saturday activities also include a mini Rolling Thunder by our local Nam Knights and a 1:00 PM presentation and informal chat with Korean War Veterans, Mr. Robert Mount and Col. William Weber at the Chesapeake Beach Town Hall. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015 is our All American Family Fun Day where you can bring the whole family to participate in both educational and fun activities and games, chat with our non-profit organization representatives, have a free picnic lunch sponsored by Stallings Williams American Legion Post 206, meet the Superheroes of Southern Maryland and top off the day with 50’s music from the Fabulous Hubcaps.

The Fabulous Hubcaps on stage at Kellam’s Field from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Performing together since 1974, this seven-piece band shows no signs of slowing down. The Fabulous Hubcaps continue to captivate audiences with their high energy tributes to original artists like Little Richard, James Brown, Tina Turner, Bobby Darin, Cher, The Flamingos, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson & Patsy Cline, Elton John and Frank Sinatra just to name a few. With an extensive repertoire of Do-Wop group harmony, Classic Rock and Roll, Rock-A-Billy, Motown, and R & B music, The Fabulous Hubcaps are heralded as one of the best nostalgic show bands in the country. The Fabulous Hubcaps look forward to having you share a magical afternoon of entertainment with them as they continue to prove that "Rock and Roll is Alive and Well!"

On Monday, May 25, the American Legion Post 206 will honor our fallen heroes during their annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park. Join us on Monday at 3:00 pm, as we honor the fallen heroes of the Korean War and all wars by participating in the National Moment of Silence. This is an act of unity where all Americans can come together and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and another way to help bring back the true meaning of this most honorable and noble holiday.

A patriotic decorating contest will take place prior to the weekend activities with winners announced on Sunday, May 24 at the All American Family Fun Day.  For more information on the decorating contest, click here .

For additional information or questions, contact Connie O’Dell or Stephanie Zanelotti or call Chesapeake Beach Town Hall at 410-257-2230. 

For a printable copy of the above Press Release, click here .

For a printable event brochure, click here .

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