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Legion honors military families

April 06, 2005|by Marie Gilbert/Staff Writer

Linda Reid of Hagerstown knew her son was probably destined for the military even before he was born.

"We're a military family," she said. "We were always involved in units and posts. And before our son was born, we signed him up for membership in SAL (Sons of the American Legion)."

Her prediction came true - with both son James Rhett Knight and daughter Katie S. Knight. They are serving in the U.S. Air Force. James Knight is stationed in South Carolina; Katie Knight is in North Carolina.

Reid's son-in-law, Kane E. Sylvester, and future son-in-law, Joshua P. Uhl, are also in the military. Sylvester is serving with the U.S. Navy in Virginia; Uhl is in the Air Force and will be leaving for Japan.

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"I'm very proud of them," said Bill Knight, father of James and Katie. "I also was a member of the Air Force, serving in Korea and Southeast Asia. I don't expect them to make a career of it, but I'm proud that they're carrying on the tradition."

Knight and Reid were among three Hagerstown area military families honored by the Morris Frock American Legion Auxiliary Unit 42.

"Today's ceremony shows that people appreciate and have confidence in our military," Knight said.

Also recognized were Darlene and Lawrence Hoffman, who represented their son, Daniel L. Hoffman, serving in the U.S. Army National Guard, and their daughter-in-law, Beth L. Hoffman, also serving in the Army. Their son soon will be leaving for Iraq. Their daughter-in-law is expected to be assigned to Iraq next year.

Jeffrey A. Dick, a member of Post 42 and serving with the U.S. Navy, also was honored. He was accompanied by his wife, Kristina, and daughters Ariel, 12, and Briana, 10.

About 100 people attended the brunch and recognition ceremony, which was held at the post home on Northern Avenue.

Heading the event was Sandi Dutton, the National President of the American Legion Auxiliary who was visiting Maryland. Representatives from all units of the Western Maryland District were present.

Each family was presented with post and auxiliary memberships and recognition certificates.

"They've made us very proud," said Darlene Hoffman of her son and daughter-in-law. "This is a very special day for all of us."

Jeffrey Dick is stationed at Fort Meade, Md., where he is an information warfare officer. He will be marking 24 years in the Navy this July.

"I was very surprised," he said of Saturday's event. "My wife called and told me about this. It was something I wasn't expecting. It's quite an honor."

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