La Plata High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp Instructor Marine Corp Gunnery Sergeant Bailey, right, leads the high school’s student Corp as they march in the first Veterans Day Parade in La Plata since the Pandemic on Sunday, November 9. Officials leading the parade included the La Plata Town Council, Maryland State Senator Arthur Ellis, 28th Legislative District, Command Master Chief Charles Hysell, Naval Support Facility Indian Head Group, Charles County Commissioners Gilbert Bowling and Thomasina Coates. Four additional Charles County JROTC’s, and the Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy, also marched in the parade.
Hundreds of marchers represented over thirty parade units participating in the Veterans Day Parade Sunday, November 9 in La Plata Maryland under sunny skies. Officials leading the parade which is the first in the town since the Pandemic included the La Plata Town Council, Maryland State Senator Arthur Ellis, 28thLegislative District, Command Master Chief Charles Hysell, Naval Support Facility Indian Head Group. Charles County Commissioners Gilbert Bowling and Thomasina Coates participated.
Senator Ellis, a service-disabled veteran of the United States Air Force after 21 years of service in various capacities, is a champion for veterans in Maryland authoring eight Maryland laws supporting veterans during his first term in office. Ellis has introduced six additional bills in support of veterans.
The most recent bill passed requires a property tax refund to a disabled active duty service member, disabled veteran, or surviving spouse under specified circumstances.
Eight military veterans groups marched in the parade including the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion Randolph Furey Post 170 and the Charles County Commission for Veterans Affairs.
Five JROTC units marched in the parade from La Plata, North Point, Henry E. Lackey, Thomas Stone and St. Charles High Schools along with the Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy. The North Point High School Band also marched.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Rescue Squad along with the La Plata Fire Department also took part in the parade.