On Saturday, September 12, the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center will commemorate Marylanders who have lost their lives in service to their country, including those who died in the 9/11 attacks. The day will begin at 8:30am with a brief ceremony at the Maryland World War II Memorial, located in the median at 1920 Ritchie Highway, Route 450, in Annapolis.
Volunteer sign-in will begin at 8:00am. From 9:00am until noon, volunteers will participate in environmental service projects beginning at the World War II Memorial and continuing to Jonas Green Park at the foot of the Naval Academy Bridge. This is a rain-or-shine event and will be delayed or cancelled only if there are local thunderstorms.
In addition to weeding, planting and mulching to control stormwater runoff, volunteers will participate in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). Participants will record items of debris they find, giving a clearer picture of the items affecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
Opportunities for community service credits are available. Students under the age of 18 must have written parental permission. Those under 16 must have not only written parental permission but also an adult onsite. The volunteer center encourages those who are coming to wear sturdy shoes or boots (no flip-flops) and to bring a hat, gardening equipment, sunscreen, sunglasses and gloves. Water and some tools will be provided. Parking is strongly recommended at the World War II Memorial on Route 450. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, email holli.aacvc.outook.com.