Local veterans organizations and city officials will dedicate a monument honoring all veterans in a ceremony to be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Veterans Day, on the front lawn of City Hall, 31 Summit Ave. S.

City officials are urging businesses, local groups and individuals to contribute donations to cover the $30,000 cost of the monument, designed by Gaithersburg artist Tom Kozar, which features a bronze globe surrounded by vertical slabs of granite. Those wishing to contribute should call Lynn Rubin at 258-6310.

In other news, the city has ordered 12,000 yellow ribbons that residents may tie to the doors of houses and cars as a way of showing support for soldiers stationed in the Middle East for Operation Desert Shield. The city also is distributing the ribbons to schools in the city, along with cards thanking the soldiers for their service and hoping for their safe return. The city paid $600 for the ribbons and cards, which will be available free at City Hall.


Susan Soderberg, a local historian and author of a book on the history of Germantown, will present a slide show and lecture on the town tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Plum Gar Community Recreation Community Recreation Center, 19561 Scenery Dr.


The Kensington and Wheaton community will hold a Veterans Day parade, beginning at noon Sunday at Georgia and Arcola avenues. {For details, see information under the Wheaton area in this column.}


The Marriott Corp. has put on hold plans to move more than 1,200 employees to a new office complex along Interstate 270 at the Tower Oaks site.

The hotel and food-service firm has its employees scattered in offices throughout the county, and many were to relocate to the Tower Oaks complex upon its completion in 1992.

The decision by Marriott to hold off on developing as much as 500,000 feet of office space comes amid a weakened economy and moves by the company to scale down its hotel-building program, lay off workers and delay construction of planned retirement communities.

Earlier this year, Marriott abandoned plans to build a new headquarters complex in Germantown, instead opening negotiations with Tower Cos. of Bethesda about swapping the Germantown land for the Rockville site.

In other news, the city and American Legion Post 86 will sponsor a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday at Veterans Park, Veirs Mill Road and Route 355.

Mayor Douglas M. Duncan and City Council members will take part in the ceremony, which will include music by the Rockville High School Pipe Band, wreath laying and a flag presentation by the American Legion post.


After a 20-year absence, the Wheaton-Kensington Veterans Day parade will be revived on Sunday.

To be held rain or shine, the parade will begin assembling at Georgia and Arcola avenues at 9 a.m. Beginning at noon, the parade will move south on Georgia Avenue to Ennalls Avenue, west on Ennalls, then south on Grandview Avenue and east on Reedie Drive toward the Hecht Co. store at Wheaton Plaza. Awards will be given in various categories such as "best clown unit" and "best band."

The day's festivities include an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at Reedie Drive and Amherst Avenue and a 2 p.m. free bus tour on the history of the Wheaton area. The bus tour will start in front of the Wheaton Government Service Center at 2424 Reedie Drive just off of Georgia Avenue.

The parade is being organized with the help of the Montgomery County government, area fire and rescue squads, the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce and Wheaton Plaza. The parade revival follows the September opening of the Wheaton and Forest Glen Metro stations and coincides with efforts to rejuvenate Wheaton's business district.