A newly installed plaque at the Ocean Pines Platform Tennis Courts now serves as a permanent tribute to area veterans.
An unveiling of the plaque took place at a May 24 dedication ceremony at Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex, located at 11443 Manklin Creek Road in Ocean Pines.
“Today these veterans stand before you, representing the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have also served,” said Jim Freeman, president of the Ocean Pines Platform Tennis Association, after he asked all veterans in attendance to be recognized. “Whether it be in the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Coast Guard, or the Marines, each individual made some sacrifices, some large, some small.”
The Veterans Appreciation Plaque was inspired by the Ocean Pines Platform Tennis Association, a local racquet sports club that is comprised of Ocean Pines residents and nonresidents.
Club member Sue Walter, flanked by proud veterans, spoke before the ceremony’s audience and said, “We can lead the world by example. Only then would the labor and sacrifices of our veterans be honored not only in words but in our deeds.”
A plaque that reads “Honoring Heroes: Dedicated to Veterans by Ocean Pines Platform Tennis Association, May 2018” is mounted to the entry of one of the newly installed platform tennis courts.
“Hopefully every player who enters our courts from now on will remember the ‘vets’ and the sacrifices they made for us,” said Freeman.
For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.