Veterans honored in ceremonies

November 11, 1996



Staff Writer

Veterans organizations honored their fallen comrades in ceremonies Monday morning at the Washington County Courthouse and the Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park.

William Proctor, American Legion 1st vice commander for Maryland, addressed about 100 people in front of the courthouse at 11 a.m., noting the origin of Veterans Day 78 years ago when an armistice ending World War I was announced in the 11th month, on the 11th day and at the 11th hour. The armistice spawned impromptu parades and church bell tolling throughout the country.

Veterans' "selfless duty has seen us through our darkest hours and through years free of conflict," Proctor, of Lansdowne, Md., said. "As a free people perhaps we tend to forget that freedom has a cost."


"To the veterans and their families here today thank you for having served. To the veterans of tomorrow, thank you for keeping us safe and well," he said. "May your day be blessed with all the freedoms you have given us."

Veterans organizations laid 30 wreaths at the war memorial in front of the courthouse.

Maj. Manfred Kropp, provost marshal at Fort Ritchie, spoke to about 50 people gathered at the veterans memorial at Snook park in Halfway at 9 a.m.

"We also should remember those veterans who did not serve in time of war but those who served in time of peace," Kropp said.

They trained soldiers for war, cared for the families left behind, provided relief assistance after natural disasters and taught patriotism to young people, he said.

The number of sacrifices asked increases as the number of service personnel decreases, Kropp said.

"Today we honor veterans for their service, for their sacrifice and for making a difference," he said.

The Joint Veterans Council of Washington County, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1936 in Hagerstown and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 14 laid wreaths at the memorial.

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