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52nd anniversary of the ceremony held at Dulaney Valley’s Circle of the Immortals

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Posted at 7:46 AM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 10:29:31-04

DULANEY VALLEY, Md. — There are several ceremonies taking place across the state Monday to honor the men and women who died serving our country.

At the Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Baltimore County, the salute to remember the men and women of the armed forces starts at 10:00 a.m.

The ceremony recognizes local service members who were killed within the last year. One of those is Maryland National Guardsman Staff Sergeant Eddison Hermond.

Hermond died nearly a year ago in a heroic attempt to save lives during the devastating flood which hit Ellicott City. He is one of three Maryland men and women to be remembered this Memorial Day.

Other service member who will be honored are U.S. Air Force Captain John Graziano, who was killed last November during a training mission in Texas, and U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent. She was killed in northern Syria in January by a blast set off by a suicide bomber. Kent is the first female Navy service member killed in the fight against ISIS.

The ceremony will pay tribute to those who died fighting recent battles as well as those who lost their lives in Korea, Vietnam and World War II. It includes color guard units, speeches, wreath laying and a 21-gun salute.