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May 27 29, 2017


Check out the committee's progress on  Facebook .

Chesapeake Beach announces the 6th annual Stars and Stripes Festival with a focus on World War I. Help us bring back the true meaning of Memorial Day by assisting with and participating in the Festival.

Just Announced:  Saturday, May 27, 2017 10 AM Opening Ceremony

READY to SERVE - a new one-woman show written and performed by Ellouise Schoettler.  ​This is a forgotten story of WWI Nurses who served in France. When called they answered "I am ready to serve." Hear the story created from their letters.  READY TO SERVE is created from letters the nurses sent home from France. They speak of wounded doughboys who needed the skilled care a trained nurse could administer. One nurse wrote home saying, "I may forget the names, but I will remember the faces of those brave lads forever."   In 1917 Johns Hopkins Base Hospital 18 accompanied the first American Army troops to France. The 64 nurses included in the staff were all graduates of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD.  In their northern location the Johns Hopkins Base Hospital 18 faced punishing cold weather which froze medicines, and stressed patients and staff. Caring for increasing battle casualties stretched the nurses' endurance but they never stopped. Through their letters we have a close-up of a battlefield hospital.

In Search Of:

  • Volunteers needed for the planning committee and assistance during the events.

  • Military displays and collections

  • Military focused non-profit organizations

  • Local organizations supporting Veterans and active military personnel and their families

For more information, check out our Facebook page at Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival or check back here for updates.

To volunteer or offer your assistance or the assistance of a non-profit or local business, send an email to .

We look forward to having you be a part of this learning experience for everyone.

 Stars and Stripes Festival 2016 Photos

 Stars and Stripes Festival 2015 Photos

Stars and Stripes Festival 2014 Photos

Stars & Stripes Fifth Grade Artwork 2013 (slideshow) -- click here

Stars and Stripes Festival 2013 Photos

Stars and Stripes Festival 2012 Photos

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