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Residents comment on monument wording

June 22, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

At Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting, a couple of residents and a council member denounced those who have voiced opposition to the proposed wording on a monument to be dedicated on Memorial Boulevard.

Thomas Kline, of Englewood Road, said he believed recent opposition to the wording of the moment was "selfish," and that such a monument would be "a great tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters."

Kline said he believed anyone who cares about veterans should focus on issues such as declining benefits for those who have served or who currently are serving.

Last month, the council voted unanimously in favor of rededicating Memorial Boulevard in honor of those who died during military service.

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Councilwoman Penny May Nigh read four letters from veterans that supported the city's efforts and the wording on the monument. She said one of the letters was from her brother.

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