Veterans, National Guard, recruits represented at Reeders Memorial Day program

May 22, 2007|by MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO - The past, present and future of the American military were well represented Monday morning at the Reeders Memorial Home Memorial Day holiday program.

Seventeen residents of Reeders were honored as veterans during the outdoor ceremony, where they received recognition personally from U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett.

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan Breehl also attended.

Breehl, a 2005 North Hagerstown High School graduate, was treated last year for injuries to his right wrist and left thigh when shrapnel from a remote-controlled improvised explosive device struck him while he was on duty in Iraq.

The present of the American military effort was represented by Danny Fitzgerald, a member of the Boonsboro High School Class of 2007 who has completed basic training with the U.S. Army National Guard.


"I will be going to infantry school after graduation," Fitzgerald said. The son of Mike and Dale Fitzgerald appeared at the ceremony Monday in uniform.

Seventeen-year-old twins Richard and Chris Riggs are the future. They will be heading off to 10 weeks of basic training in the U.S. Army National Guard at Fort Knox, Ky., after they complete their junior years at Boonsboro High School next month.

"After we finish at Boonsboro in 2008, we will do our training to become welders," Richard Riggs said.

Richard and Chris are the sons are Lisa and Dave Cronise and Rodney Riggs.

Linda Reed, Reeders' admissions/marketing coordinator, came up with the idea for the ceremony.

"We have so many veterans here, and we're so proud of them," she said.

When Reed faxed the list of Reeders' veterans to Bartlett's office, she happily learned that the congressman would be attending and would have certificates for the veterans.

Reeders veterans

John Bast, David Brown, Gary Bullard, James Getridge, Arthur Hause, Hillard Hull, John Hutzell, Walter Lawson, Charles Miller, Newton Moyer, Lester Needy, Henry Rauer, George Renner, Russell Shank, George Smith, Richard Swope and Gerald Wade.

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