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Posted on: November 6, 2019

Rockville to Salute Residents’ Service at Veterans Day Ceremony

Nov. 11 Ceremony Will Include Speech by Army 1st Lieutenant and Rockville Native

Rockville, Maryland, Nov. 6 – A Rockville native and first lieutenant in the United States Army will be the featured speaker as the city honors veterans of our nation’s armed forces at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

The ceremony, which is open to the public at Veterans Park, at the intersection of Route 28 and Rockville Pike, will include a wreath laying and a military salute by the American Legion Post 86 Honor Guard.

Free parking will be available at Sandy Spring Bank, 611 Rockville Pike, between Fleet Street and Rockville Pike. A reception will follow at American Legion Post 86, at 2013 Veirs Mill Road.

This year’s featured speaker is 1st Lt. Luke Poulus, a Rockville native who has served in the Army since May 2016.

His first assignment was as an assistant operations officer and athletic intern at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School. In April 2017, he was assigned to one of only two active-duty mortuary affairs companies in the Army as a platoon leader in the 111th Quartermaster Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade. He later served in the same company as the executive officer, overseeing operations and training of over 150 soldiers as part of two joint prepare-to-deploy missions. His efforts and expertise in logistics and mortuary affairs resulted in major enhancements in the Department of Defense’s ability to bring home the contaminated remains of fallen service members.

Poulos serves as the executive officer of the Columbia-based Army recruiting company, which, through stations in Rockville, Gaithersburg, Columbia, Glen Burnie, Annapolis and Silver Spring, is responsible for all Army recruiting in Montgomery, Howard and Anne Arundel counties. Over the last year, the company and its more than 40 recruiters have enlisted over 400 soldiers in the Army and the Army Reserve, while contributing to the community through partnerships with schools, organizations and government agencies.

Poulos also volunteers as an assistant coach for the varsity lacrosse program at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney. He earned a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the U.S. Military Academy and is pursuing a master’s in business administration from the Smartly Institute in Washington, D.C. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

For more information, visit, email or call 240-314-8620.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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