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Veterans

December 31, 2006

Sixty Christmas boxes and one large dayroom box were recently delivered Nov. 28 to Company E, 629th Military Intelligence Battalion, Maryland Army National Guard, by representatives of AMVETS Department of Maryland.

Committee Chairman Harold H. "Sky" King Sr. and Co-Chairman Jacques W. Weedon Sr. made the presentation to Spc. 1st Class Brian L. Kunis, parachute pack supervisor for the Cascade-based Guard unit.

Sixty members of the 629th have been deployed to Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Each box contained a toothbrush, Tic Tac mints, cashews, baby wipes, a candy cane, ChapStick, a box of Christmas cookies, hand and body lotion, Band-Aids, deodorant, soap, Visine eye drops, chewing gum, shampoo, an emery board, utility comb, suntan screen, toothpaste, and a Christmas card signed by Department of Maryland Commander Raymond Shipley and Department Auxiliary President Becky Titus.

The dayroom box contained a large candy wreath donated by Titus, three small Christmas trees donated by Past Department Commander Cynthia A. Weedon, and a Sony DVD player with six music tapes.

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The box containers were donated by Wal-Mart.

Committee members who packed the boxes were Jacques and Cynthia Weedon, Becky and William Titus and Harold and Evelyn King.




A flag dedication ceremony was held at the Martinsburg (W.Va.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Dec. 21.

The new 60-foot flagpole and large American flag positioned along W.Va. 9 clearly marks the entrance of the Medical Center, which serves more than 30,000 Tri-State area veterans. The flag was raised by the Veterans Combined Honor Guard.

The VA Voluntary Service Executive Council, with the assistance of many veterans service organizations serving the Medical Center, supported the flag project. Donations were also received from families and friends of deceased veterans as memorial gifts.

Fernando O. Rivera, medical center director, complimented volunteers and service organizations, as well as VA's Facilities Management Service, for a fantastic effort.

"This flag, as the capstone to the beautiful, patriotic Avenue of Flags, will serve as a reminder to all that 'freedom is not free' and that we owe a debt of gratitude to the many who are now serving - and who have served - in America's armed forces," Rivera said.




Spc. 1st Class Brian L. Kunis, left, parachute pack supervisor for Company E, 629th Military Intelligence Battalion, Maryland Army National Guard, accepts Christmas boxes from Harold H. "Sky" King Sr., past department commander and special assistant to the commander, AMVETS Department of Maryland.




A flag dedication ceremony was held Dec. 21 at the Martinsburg (W.Va.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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