Enjoy, but remember
We look to welcoming our seasonal visitors back to the Berlin, Ocean Pines, West Ocean City, Ocean City and the Worcester County region.
While you were away, we celebrated, as Berlin became America’s “coolest small town.” But we also grieved as two brothers were struck along Rte. 113 in Berlin, killing one and seriously injuring the other. Since then, a citizens’ committee in Berlin has worked with the State Highway Administration to make that stretch of road safer for pedestrians. We also were saddened when a man set himself on fire and took the life of a beloved Ocean City pastor.
This was a winter that we’ll long remember. We know that metro Baltimore and Washington, D.C. had its share of snow, but those harsh weather systems hardly spared us as well. The beaches were snowed over.
We are glad to see you. There are new businesses such as restaurants and craft breweries around. The charm of Berlin has been enhanced. Ocean Pines is still growing as one of the most livable areas in Maryland.
That said, we also want you to know that these days on and before Memorial Day offer opportunities to pay our respects to those who gave their lives so that we may be free to enjoy our shore communities. We’re reminded of how in the State of Israel, on its Memorial Day, a siren sounds across the entire nation. Vehicles of all sizes pull to the side of the road, and its riders get out to observe a couple minutes of silence. You could be checking out of a hotel or studying in a class, and with the siren you would stand and give your thoughts to those who died to protect liberty. So while Memorial Day in our area is the beginning of our summer season, we still can’t forget its true meaning.
Enjoy yourselves, but also remember.