GALENA — Jeffrey Dwyer, whose nearly four years of overseas duty included a tour in Desert Storm, will be saluted Monday when the Town of Galena holds its annual Veterans Day ceremony in the cemetery adjacent to St. Dennis Church.
Royce Ball, co-founder of the Mid-Shore Recovering Veterans Group, is returning for a second year as the keynote speaker. Dave Shaw also will speak briefly about his close friend Jeff Dwyer, who died in August 2017 as a result of a motorcycle accident.
Students from Kent County Middle School, Kent School and Chestertown Christian Academy will participate in the ceremony, which will include the placing of a wreath at Dwyer’s grave.
The public is invited. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Afterward, everyone is invited to the church hall for refreshments.
Dwyer was born and raised in Chesterville. He was a 1987 graduate of Kent County High School. From 1988 to 1994 he served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman, obtaining the rank of sergeant.
He continued to serve with the Maryland National Guard until 2001.
Upon his discharge from active duty, Dwyer worked in law enforcement with the Town of Denton and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office.
He was a life member of the Galena Volunteer Fire Company, and was president at the time of his death.
For a third year in a row, Autumn Lake Healthcare on Morgnec Road in Chestertown will honor residents who are military veterans.
The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8. The public is invited.
An Air Force unit will post the colors. Also participating in the ceremony will be representatives of American Legion posts in Kent County.
Each veteran will receive a certificate of appreciation and a thank you note from Kent School’s eighth-graders.
On Saturday, Washington College will salute area veterans with a dinner at 4:30 p.m. in Hodson Hall. There will be a coffee and cookie reception in the Underwood Lobby of the Gibson Center for the Arts from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a performance of the U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent’s Combo.
The concert is free. The dinner is free for veterans and costs $11.50 for other members of the public. For more information, see www.washcoll.edu.
Also over the weekend, Rock Hall American Legion Post 228 will host two events — a dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday and a “Post Everlasting” tribute to members who have died in the past year at noon Sunday. The public is invited to both ceremonies in Rock Hall.