John Worsham served in the 155th Helicopter Assault Co. in Vietnam. He's spent the past 27 years serving a life sentence for murder in Roxbury Correctional Institution.
As president of The Incarcerated Veterans of Roxbury, he was part of the organization's Memorial Day Service on Friday afternoon in the institution's compound outside Hagerstown. The 19-member group includes veterans of the Vietnam, Korean and Persian Gulf wars.
"This shows that even though we're convicts and criminals, we still have pride," said Worsham, 52. "No matter where we're at, we still have pride in those that serve today and (served) in the past."
Friday's ceremony included a speech by state Del. Robert A. McKee of Washington County and the lowering of the flag.
Edward Jackson, an "honorary" member of the organization who is affiliated with Hope Ministry, also spoke to the group.
"This is not a club or a gang but a special brotherhood," Jackson said. "We are one with our fallen comrades. We are veterans saluting our fallen veterans."