Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Maryland XXIII

My buddy Jimmy was one of the driving forces working on a veterans memorial for Glenarden, Maryland and during the process he kept me updated on the various issues and progress involved in building a memorial. I was, at the time, involved in helping to create a new memorial for Montgomery County. So, his insights were valuable and most welcome.

When the big day of the dedication finally arrived he was kind enough to invite me.

There were many state and local dignitaries in attendance. Congresswoman Donna Edwards was among them.

 The three plaques on the memorial list 283 veterans serving in WWI through Vietnam.

Jimmy has told me that they worked for years to see that the lists were accurate and complete, but after the dedication many more people contacted the committee and they started engraving the pavers that make up the plaza. It is just inevitable that someone turns up that is not included in the names. I have mentioned this on many other occasions on this site.

After the completion of the dedication ceremonies many stayed to admire the Wall and search for names of loved ones, relatives, or friends.

The Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs worked diligently to include all from the County on our Wall which was dedicated one year ago today and, as of today, I have heard of no additions that have turned up, but it has only been one year. We did have one account of one of our MIAs having been recovered but that has not been verified at this time.

Next time, on the 26th, a special Memorial Day post from Washington DC, so meet me there at 9:00am.

To see additional memorials from Maryland, or any other state, please click the state name on the left side of this page.

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