Wanda Riddle, Vice President and Vice Chair of the Howard Country Veterans Foundation invited Gold Star Mothers MD Chapter members to participate in their annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony. Gold Star Mothers Paula Davis and Theresa Karson represented the chapter. They marched in the Parade holding The Maryland Gold Star Mothers Banner and also attended the Veterans Day ceremony afterward. The Parade started at Merriweather Drive and ended at Millie Bailey Park (Columbia Lakefront). A tradition since 2015, the Parade’s grand marshal, Edward Hall, is one of the parade’s founders. Mr. Hall retired as a lieutenant colonel after 24 years of service with the U.S. Marine Corps. He said, “Regardless of the weather, regardless of the time, regardless of the day, our main effort is to get participants who come to the parade to remember and honor veterans,” Every year, it grows. Last year, it was phenomenal.”
Several elected officials were present and gave a short message of thanks to the Veterans, the attendees, and the event organizers. The Maryland Gold Star Mothers were recognized along with other Veteran organizations and received a gift made by Cedar Lane School Horticulture Students. After the presentations, the Young Columbians singing group performed. Their grand finale was a medley of patriotic songs that received a hearty round of applause presentations.