Earlier this year, an article regarding the Ocean City, Maryland Memorial Benches that I had written for OceanCity.com went viral. Not many people know that the Memorial Benches now come with a clause that states owners need to pay well over $1,000 every 10 years in order to continue the plaque on the Memorial Bench that they purchased. Memorial Bench owners were both surprised and emotional when it came to the news, particularly since the original contracts did not have this clause. I was recently in the town of Ocean City enjoying a cup of coffee from Starbucks on the boardwalk when I noticed a woman walking up the boards using her phone as a flashlight over each memorial bench. I realized she was looking for someone’s name. Here was this stranger, searching frantically for the correct plaque while people strolled by or sat down on the benches to rest their feet. I felt for her, and hoped that she would find the right bench and enjoy the memory of her loved one. For more on this and other local DelMarVa stories, please visit OceanCity.com.