Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wildwood Beach Patrol Observes Memorial Day


The Wildwood Beach Patrol began its Memorial Day observance with the raising of a 25-foot American flag outside of the patrol's Lincoln Avenue headquarters.

Lifeguard and Eagle Scout Bill Gushue of Jim Thorpe, PA hoisted the flag to the top of its pole.

After raising the flag, members of the Wildwood Beach Patrol traveled to the American Legion Post on Pacific Avenue with the American Legion Lifeguard Boat. Following a ceremony at the American Legion Post 184, Wildwood Beach Patrol members participated in a parade from the post to Fox Park and the Wildwoods' Vietnam Memorial Wall.

A ceremony was held on the beach near the Wildwoods Convention Center where members of the Wildwood Beach Patrol and the American Legion Honor Guard along with local Boy Scouts laid a wreath in the Atlantic Ocean in remembrance of those men and women who paid the ultimate price in their service to our nation.

Lifeguard brothers Kevin Mallon Jr. and Kyle Mallon, both of Philadelphia, rowed two Boy Scouts to just beyond the breaking waves. There the scouts stood in the boat and tossed the wreath into the ocean as a gun salute was fired and Taps were played by the American Legion Honor Guard.

The morning ended with a standing ovation by the crowd of beach patrons who gathered to watch the somber ceremony.

"The Memorial Day ceremony is a long tradition with beach patrol and helps us begin our season by honoring our veterans, past and present," said Capt. Ed Schneider of the Wildwood Beach Patrol.

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