St. Mary’s and Esperanza units march in Leonardtown Veteran’s Day parade
November 11, 2018 – LEONARDTOWN, Md. – Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol members from the St. Mary’s Composite Squadron and the Esperanza Middle School Flight marched in the local Veterans Day parade, held Sunday, November 11, 2018, in Leonardtown, Md. The contingency of CAP members participating in this annual event included 21 cadets and 4 senior members.
It was an early meet time for the CAP members as the parade began at 10:00 a.m. originating from St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown. Upon arrival at the high school, CAP parade participants had an unexpected meet and greet with U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer and Maryland Secretary of State, John C. Wobensmith.
Congressman Hoyer has served as the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. The district includes a large swath of rural and suburban territory southeast of Washington, D.C. Hoyer is also the Dean of the Maryland Congressional Delegation and the House Minority Whip. Wobensmith, Maryland’s Secretary of State, was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan in January 2015.
With the sun shining down, the cadets were ready. The color guard flag bearers stood strong gripping their flag poles with their white glove covered hands while standing proudly next to their fellow cadet riflemen. Cadet Capt. Serena Meyer, cadet commander of St. Mary’s squadron, along with the color guard, led the cadets in the direction of the crowd, who were waving their American flags and cheering as the parade was now in full swing. Accompanying the cadets were Maj. David Webster, Capt. Matt Langford, 2nd Lt. Mark Van Deusen and Sr. Mbr. Rob DeAngelis.
St. Mary’s squadron has joined with its community partners in honoring and celebrating our nation’s veterans of past and present for more than 15 years. This annual Southern Maryland parade is one of the state’s largest parades featuring veterans, dignitaries, elected officials, military units, color guards, local school marching bands, classic and modern car clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts, horses, motorcycles and emergency personnel. Participation in this annual event stirs emotions of patriotism watching the crowds of people from all over; some dressed in red, white and blue, others dressed in military uniforms; all gathering together to honor and remember our nation’s veterans!
St. Mary’s Composite Squadron meets every Wednesday night from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at in the terminal building at St. Mary’s County Regional Airport, also known as Captain Walter Francis Duke Regional Airport. The squadron commander is Maj. Dennis Villar. Information on the local squadron can be found at http://md089.capunit.com. Follow the squadron on their Facebook page at St. Mary’s Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol. Esperanza Flight meets every Tuesday, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Esperanza Middle School in Lexington Park, Maryland. Maj. David Trick is the flight commander.
Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at mdwg.cap.gov or follow the wing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandWingCivilAirPatrol.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.
Photos (left to right)
A little girl clutches Old Glory as she watches St. Mary’s and Esperanza cadets march down Fenwick Street. The bundled-up parade supporters cheer them on as the unit makes their way towards Leonardtown Square. (Photo credit: 2nd Lt. Krystal Hoerl, CAP)
St. Mary’s and Esperanza cadets meet with Congressman Hoyer before the start of the parade. For some cadets, the Congressman was a familiar face but for many, it was their first meet and greet with a state official. Back row (left to right): C/CMSgt McCormick, C/MSgt Hayden, C/A1C Dorman, C/TSgt Wilkinson, C/MSgt Gemmel, C/Amn DeAngelis, Rep. Steny Hoyer, C/AB McEwan, C/CMSgt Carter, C/Amn Yager, and C/Capt Meyer. Front row (left to right): C/CMSgt Hoerl, C/SMSgt Hayden, C/CMSgt Clark, C/Amn Jobe, C/AB Williams, C/AB Forth, C/AB Miles, C/AB Van Deusen, C/AB Duval, and C/Amn Taylor. (Photo credit: Maj. David Webster)
Senior member from St. Mary’s Composite Squadron meet Rep. Steny Hoyer prior to the parade. (Photo credit: Ms. Kathie DeAngelis)
2nd Lt. Krystal Hoerl, CAP
St. Mary’s Composite Squadron