Where They Rest: Shore Heroes at Arlington Cemetery Exhibit Opening

Shore History presents “Where They Rest: Shore Heroes at Arlington Cemetery,” the story of veterans who were born on the Eastern Shore and buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery is the resting place of over twenty veterans who were born on the Shore, as well as dozens more who at one point called the Shore home. The veterans highlighted in “Where They Rest” made remarkable contributions to the United States military either through lengthy and noteworthy careers or by giving the ultimate sacrifice in service to their home and country. Their service covers nearly every American war starting with the Mexican-American War. Their stories include exciting yet difficult tales of honor and loss that are worthy of remembrance.

Some veterans include John Henry Upshur who was a witness to history when Commodore Matthew Perry opened diplomatic relations between Japan and the U.S. through gunboat diplomacy; and Maurice Jester of Chincoteague Island who gained national recognition in 1942 for his battle against a German U-boat off the coast of North Carolina. Others like Cornelius Byrd, Marvin Pettit, Curtis Kern, and Edward Middleton joined the military and left the Shore at a young age but never returned through a variety of tragic circumstances. A display of historical photographs, documents, service records, uniforms, medals, and the things they carried convey their experience in combat.

Join Shore History in opening the “Where They Rest” exhibit at historic Ker Place Thursday, April 25th at 6pm. The exhibit will be on display through July 2024.

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Apr 25 2024


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Ker Place
69 Market Street


Shore History
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