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Col. William M. Knight, Commander of the 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews, Maryland attended the 5th Annual Veterans Appreciation Ceremony and Muster on May 24, along with others who paid tribute to veterans in Prince George’s County, before Memorial Day Weekend. The event began with a processional of judges on the courthouse lawn in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Shelia R. Tillerson Adams, Administrative Judge, and other judges of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County thanked local veterans for their past, present, and future service to the county and country.

“You’re deserving of our thanks for the rest of your lives,” Judge Shelia R. Tillerson Adams said.

Medals and certificates were presented to 150 participants who served in various branches of the military. The United States Air Force Brass Quintet played music, adding more cheer to the morning ceremony’s patriotic theme. An official citation from the Maryland General Assembly was given to the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, in recognition of honoring veterans.

Numerous Vietnam veterans were in attendance. Francis Gilbert Jr. worked as a dog handler and sniper. Gilbert said that he was invited to come from southern Maryland. The Honorable Shelia R. Tillerson Adams challenged everyone to find a way to support our wounded warriors and their families. She remarked that part of the fight of the wounded warrior is adapting to a new way of life.

“We owe them our support now, and our gratitude.”

Jon Dansicker, who served eight years in the Marine Corps, stood next to a mobile operation with several colleagues. He currently supports veterans through a community outreach program at Baltimore Vet Center. Dansicker said that he recently attended three area events. The Vets Center helps with readjustment counseling for veterans who may be experiencing any issue resulting from the combat experience, such as PTSD.

“We came to support Prince George’s County’s veterans today, honor the fallen, and honor all of those here,” Dansicker stated.