RadioOnFire.com – Memorial Day marks exactly one year since the deadly flooding in Ellicott City that claimed the life of Maryland National Guard Sgt. Eddison Hermond. He died trying to rescue a woman trapped in the flood waters.
On Monday, he will be among those honored in the Memorial Day Ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
Hermond’s mother Celola Thompson said her son died doing what he loved to do and what he was trained to do.
She told WBAL Newsradio 1090 & FM 101.5 about a recent trip to Ellicott City where she overheard a man ask a police officer “what was her son thinking?” when he dove into the flood waters on Main Street.
“My son was not thinking when he dove into that water,” Thompson told WBAL from her home in North Carolina.
“I’m not saying he was doing anything foolish, but he was raised that way–to always put others ahead of himself.”
Thompson will attend Monday morning’s ceremony.
“I’m so glad they are keeping his memory alive. I really am. These are some wonderful people up there, they treated him so well. I believe in that state (Maryland), I really do,” Thompson said.
The 52nd annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens will also honor Air Force Captain John Graziano.
The 28-year-old Elkridge native was killed November 13 when his training jet crashed at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas, where he was an instructor pilot.
The ceremony will also honor Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, who was a Navy cryptologist stationed at Fort Meade.
Kent was killed in a blast set off by a suicide bomber in January.