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Memorial Day: A Time to Honor

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TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) - A sailor slain by a gunman aboard a docked Navy destroyer is being honored at a Memorial Day ceremony near Baltimore.

The annual event at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium is paying tribute Monday to Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo of Hagerstown.

The 24-year-old sailor was shot when he dove between another sailor and a civilian truck driver who had seized her gun aboard the ship docked in Norfolk, Virginia, March 24.

Mayo's remains were buried last month at Arlington National Cemetery.


On this Memorial Day weekend just over a dozen people sojourned from one cemetery to another in Somerset to pay tribute to a group of forgotten soldiers.

They men are who fought in the war of 1812 -- the last American military conflict with the British.

The Somerset County Historical Society focused on men buried on three cemeteries in Princess Anne.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that at each burial site historian Sean O’Rourke read out the names of each veteran as one volunteer from the group planted a 15-starred American flag.

O’Rourke, who has been finding out where the gravesites of these men were located over the last few years hopes that such tributes will last long after the 200th year anniversary of the end of the war next year.  

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.