Hagerstown offering World War II veterans a free bus tour of D.C. memorial

February 18, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The City of Hagerstown is seeking World War II veterans to take a free bus tour to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on April 10.

To be eligible, participants must be Hagerstown residents and veterans of World War II.

The trip is being sponsored by Councilman Lewis C. Metzner and his brother, Jack, whose father served in the 69th Infantry Division during World War II in Europe.

Councilman Metzner said he came up with the idea after watching a Sunday morning television program that told the story of North Carolina residents who took World War II veterans on a trip to the memorial.

"It was very touching," Metzner said. "I figured, 'If they can do that, why can't we?'"

In addition to a stop at the memorial, the bus will take veterans past the capital's famous cherry trees.

The bus will leave at 8 a.m. April 10 from the Central Parking Lot next to the M&T Bank in downtown Hagerstown. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


At this point, the trip is open only to veterans, but there could be room on the bus for family members, depending on the number of people who register, Metzner said.

"We might be able to take everybody," he said. "One bus is paid for and taken care of. My guess is we can raise enough money to take any World War II veteran who wants to go."

The World War II Memorial opened in 2004 to honor 16 million men and women who served in the U.S. military during World War II. More than 400,000 Americans died in the conflict.

For more information

To reserve a seat on the bus trip to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., call 301-739-8577, ext. 183.

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