MPT’s LZ Maryland Vietnam Tribute Event

home_lzmaryland_logoGene’s Johns is proud to be a part of such an important tribute to those that served in the Vietnam War.

Thousands of Vietnam veterans from across the mid-Atlantic region, together with family members and a grateful public, gather at the Maryland State Fairgrounds on Father’s Day weekend, June 18 -19, for Maryland Public Television’s LZ Maryland tribute event. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gates open both days at 9:30 a.m.

“LZ” is for “landing zone,” a place of safety. It’s fitting that we salute Maryland’s Vietnam-era veterans here where their roots are planted. Those in conflict knew that an LZ was a safe, clear, and ready place for helicopters to land without harm. MPT will make LZ Maryland reflect the same safety.

This landing zone is secure from the hurt and pain of the past. We have created a safe landing and welcome you home. We thank you for serving your country. We gather here–with you and your family and friends–to celebrate your service, valor, and sacrifice.

Event highlights include:

  • Tribute Ceremony – A Saturday evening 6 p.m. ceremony honors Maryland’s Vietnam veterans and features the presentation of colors, the national anthem, remarks, music, heartfelt sentiments of appreciation, and more. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan provides the state’s salute at this ceremony. A Chinook helicopter flyover is planned during the ceremony.
  • The Honor Ride – Also Saturday, hundreds of members of veteran motorcycle organizations, associations, and clubs participate in a motorcycle Honor Ride, representing the 1,017 Marylanders who died in combat or are still missing. Veteran-participants gather at American Legion Post 22 in Towson and travel to LZ Maryland, entering in formation at approximately 2 p.m. Riders then perform a throttle salute for the fallen.
  • The Wall That HealsLZ Maryland hosts the 250-foot, half-size replica of the Washington, DC, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, including a mobile Education Center featuring memorabilia left at the DC memorial. Its walls bear the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who perished in the war.
  • Chair Memorial – Rows of white empty chairs are placed at the fairgrounds track infield in silent tribute to the 1,017 Marylanders killed or missing in action. Signage bearing names of those represented accompanies the display.
  • Vietnam “Tour of Duty” Map – A 140-ft. map of Southeast Asia is an LZ Maryland focal point. The map is manufactured so that veterans, family members and friends walk on it, sign it, or make other notations. Veterans can sign the places where they served, or visitors might sign places where loved ones perished.
  • Entertainment – Performers on two stages keep visitors entertained throughout the weekend. The outdoor main stage offers performances by The Association, the Lovin’ Spoonful, The Motortown All-Stars, the U.S. Air Force Band’s “Singing Sergeants” and “Celtic Aire” ensembles, and Bob Hope USO-style Show. An indoor stage features regional and local bands performing hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Performers are The Harbor City Music Company, The Memories, Brooklyn Jon and the Blues Shakers featuring Gene Vincent, Family Tradition Band, Six String Soldiers, and The Fabulous Hubcaps.
  • Aircraft and Motorpool Display – Visitors enjoy displays of Vietnam-era military vehicles including jeeps and tanks, along with helicopters including Hueys, a gunship, a medivac, observation helicopters, and more.
  • Veteran Services Village – Veteran services organizations discuss various topics and connect veterans to resources. Representatives from nonprofits assist veterans – one-on-one – with advice on PTSD, Agent Orange, traumatic brain injuries and other concerns. Companies and organizations that offer veterans assistance with job placement, financial services, legal aid, and housing assistance also are available.
  • Reunion Lounges – Large lounge areas provide sites where veterans and families may reunite, relax and relate. Reunion lounges are clearly marked by military branch.
  • R&R Family Zone – The R&R Family Zone is an indoor retreat with activities, shopping, dining and performances that can be enjoyed by the entire family. It includes kids craft stations, a motorpool and thank-you gallery.
  • Basic Training Course – Here individuals and family members compete or race against time in this boot camp-inspired obstacle course.
  • Writers Hooch – Attendees meet Vietnam veteran authors, participate in literary discussions, and peruse publications on the topic of the Vietnam era. Books from appearing authors are on sale.

Maryland Public Television is a commemorative partner in the 50th anniversary observance of the U.S. Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration. The Commemorative Partner Program is designed for federal, state and local communities, veteran’s organizations and other nongovernmental organizations to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam veterans and their families.

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Porta Potty Shelter Ideas for Special Events



With all the rain we have been getting in Mid Atlantic area lately, we thought it may be helpful to give some ideas and suggestions for creating a sheltered area for your event porta potties. Providing a shelter around your portable toilets is helpful when the sun is shining bright as well.

You will want to keep in mind the height of the porta potty to insure it will fit under the tent. If you plan to have the porta potties outside of the tent and the doors open to the inside, you need to know the height of the door. Gene’s Johns porta potty units have a door height of approximately 80 inches and a total height of 89 inches. (See photo below for size dimensions)

In addition to providing a tent, often times people will place a small table and chairs to accommodate those waiting to use the portable toilet. Adding a flower arrangement on a table and an outdoor rug isn’t essential but it will certainly make the setup unforgettable to your guests.

Height: 89 inches Width: 44 inches Depth: 48 inches

Height: 89 inches
Width: 44 inches
Depth: 48 inches


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Portable toilets do more than you think…

water earthDid you know the portable restroom industry saves approximately 125 million gallons of fresh, drinkable water each day? That is over 45 billion gallons of fresh water each year. This is just the start of the positive impact portable restrooms have on our environment. You may not have the best image of portable restrooms when you recall the last time you were in a porta potty, however, leaders in the portable sanitation industry are working hard to raise awareness around the benefits they provide. Below are just some of the ways portable sanitation improves our lives.

  • Water conservation
  • Helps to stop the spread of disease
  • Increases construction worker productivity
  • Conserves fuel
  • Utilized in emergency management and disaster recovery
  • Protects natural resources from being contaminated

So, next time you find yourself using a porta-potty remember all the great things portable sanitation does for our environment and consider renting one for your next outdoor event or construction project. Together we can make a difference.

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Planning an Outdoor Event

line for bathroomSpring has sprung and now is the time many of us are planning our summertime gatherings. Whether you are planning a family reunion, graduation party, wedding or BBQ it’s important to consider all the logistics. Oftentimes larger gatherings at private homes or public parks require extra bathroom facilities for your guests.

Keeping a line from forming inside your home, when all the fun is happening outside, is easily remedied by renting porta potties or a bathroom trailer. When your outdoor event is at a public park you should keep in mind the parks will often have their restroom facilities locked unless they are having a community event. It’s important to find out ahead of time what kind of accommodations will be available and whether you need permission from the park or venue ahead of time.

Call us today for a no obligation quote for your next event and we will be happy to help you.

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Jay goes “Above & Beyond”!


Getting a call from one of your clients raving about the service they are receiving is always a good thing. Joe, the owner of Twin Advantage Home Improvement took the time to call in about the driver that services his portable toilets. He spoke so highly of Jay, stating that he can set his watch for his arrival time each week. He mentioned how impressed he is with how polite and accommodating Jay is to everyone on site. Joe also praised Jay for taking pride in his work and doing such a thorough job cleaning and servicing his units. We are very fortunate to have Jay a part of our team at Gene’s Johns. Way to go Jay, we are proud!

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The Importance of Servicing Porta Potties


Providing routine services and maintenance to portable toilets is vital. Keeping your porta potty clean and odor free begins with proper maintenance. This is especially true for long-term job-site rentals or multi-day events where frequent usage is common. While all restroom rentals are fully cleaned upon delivery, things can quickly take a turn for the worse if a proper servicing schedule isn’t put into effect. To avoid these unwanted conditions, we’ve established our own service program to ensure your rental remains clean and odor-free. Our technicians are trained to perform a check-list of duties with each service.

  • Pump out the holding tank
  • Remove debris
  • Scrub and sanitize all surfaces including the walls, urinal, toilet seat, and floor.
  • Add fresh water and deodorant solution to tank
  • Replenish supplies
  • Complete or schedule needed repairs
  • Sign and date service route card

So when you are looking for a company that takes porta potty cleanliness and maintenance as serious as we do, look no further.


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Marine Corps Marathon – 17.75K

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There is nothing like the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) if you are a long distance runner. What you may not know is that getting registered for the race can be difficult. With so many runners looking to participate, the event capacity reaches its limit quickly. If you happen to miss the tiny window for open registration (you are not alone!) there are other ways to find your way in. One way is to register for and complete the 17.75K.

The 17.75K distance commemorates the year the Marine Corps was established and offers guaranteed access to the 41st Marine Corps Marathon. Adjacent to the finish line, all finishers age 14 and above will receive an individually coded Access Granted card authorizing access to register for the sold-out MCM. Registration with the Guaranteed Access code must be completed within the dedicated window of time, before 12 p.m. (noon) Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 5.

About the course…

The Marine Corps 17.75K course in scenic Prince William Forest Park features an 11.03 mile run over rolling hills and winding turns in a densely wooded backdrop. The 17.75K starts and finishes outside Montclair Tabernacle Church located in Dumfries VA, near Marine Corps Base Quantico and sends runners on a course through Prince William Forest Park, celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2016, along with the National Park Service’s centennial celebration.

Fun for everyone…

Marine Corps 17.75K runners and spectators will enjoy music in three areas of Prince William Forest Park. Music will also be played at the start and finish with the Quantico Ceremonial Platoon will present the colors at the start.

About us…

Gene’s Johns is a proud provider of portable toilets for all the Marine Corps Marathon races. The first race of the season being the 17.75K taking place this year on April, 2nd 2016. We look forward to providing top notch service and the cleanest porta potties in the nation!

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Turek gets great review from CBG Building Company


Way to go Turek!

Turek, an operation technician at Gene’s Johns, was highly spoken of by the CBG Building Company on the Potomac Yards site. CBG specifically expressed to management at Gene’s Johns their appreciation for Turek and how well he interacted with all the contractors on site. They also said all their requests were quickly handled with expertise and a positive attitude.

With Turek’s efforts and professionalism on the job, Gene’s Johns was labeled a Preferred Provider for the CBG Building Company. We are proud to have such great employees working with us to provide the best service in the portable restroom rental industry.


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Clarksburg/Damascus Middle School


The 275,000 square foot Clarksburg/Damascus Middle School is coming along very nicely. HESS is providing complete construction management services for Middle School. We have been providing the porta potty rentals to Hess Construction for this project and have had the pleasure of watching the development on a daily basis. This project site is one mile south of our office and quite possibly could be the Middle School that some of our employee’s children will attend in the future! For more information on the planning and construction of Clarksburg Middle School click here. To get a quote for portable toilet rental for your construction project click here.

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Drink the District’s Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival is Almost Here!!

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Drink the district

Gene’s Johns is so excited to be the provider of portable toilets for Drink the District’s Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival this year! We will be providing and servicing 100 porta potties for this multi-weekend event.

If you have never been to this event you can expect more than 50 different kinds of beer and 50 different types of wine for unlimited tasting at one low admission price. There are great local bands that will be sure to get you dancing. When you get hungry there are many of the best DC food trucks ready to serve you so you can get back to more tastings! It’s truly a fun time and such a great time to be in DC enjoying the Cherry Blossom trees.

And… of course, we are looking forward to attending the event again this year as patrons! We hope to see you there!

Drink the District – Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival, March 26th, 2016

Drink the District – Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival, April 9th, 2016




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