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War memorial to be dedicated

November 02, 2000

War memorial to be dedicated



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


Hancock's war memorial will be dedicated Saturday, Nov. 11, at Widmyer Park.

The memorial is unusual because it includes not only the names of Hancock area residents who died in the wars from World War I to the Persian Gulf War, but also the names of those who served and survived, said Vicki Hott, treasurer of Hancock Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10502.

"It is for anyone who answered the call for their country," she said.

The memorial had been planned for more than 50 years and construction began about two years ago. While the memorial proper was finished last winter, some additions were finished in the last few months, Hott said.

The memorial includes a main stone of granite etched with the names of about 900 Hancock veterans. It also includes the names of some Hancock veterans who were inducted before they moved to Hancock, she said.

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As part of the dedication ceremony, organizers are encouraging friends and families of people listed on the wall to bring flowers, which will be placed against the wall.

"It is a memorial but it's also a celebration," Hott said.

Speakers will include Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy, Washington County Commissioner Paul L. Swartz, Sen. Donald Munson, R-Washington., and U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md.

Donations of about $45,000 have been collected for the project, which cost about $100,000. The rest of the money came from the VFW and many hours of volunteer work went into the memorial, according to Hott.

Contributions are being sought for perpetual care of the monument, she said.

While others have helped, the two main workers on the project were Robert McCusker, commander of the VFW post, and former Hancock Mayor Dan Fleming, who is a post quartermaster.

Both are World War II veterans, Hott said.

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