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Funkstown rededicates new plaque at war memorial

May 30, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

FUNKSTOWN -- Fifty years from now, Funkstown citizens will still hold Memorial Day ceremonies at the war memorial rededicated Friday, Maryland Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, said during the afternoon ceremony.

Munson spoke to a small crowd, many of them veterans, gathered near the WWI Doughboy monument in Funkstown for the rededication of a new plaque at the site. The plaque lists the names of Funkstown veterans of World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars, said David Unger, post commander for Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211.

Funkstown Councilman Richard Nigh first approached Munson about a new plaque years ago, the senator said.

The old wooden memorial had rotted and was falling apart, Nigh said. He raised money from the veterans of Washington County for the new plaque, which cost about $3,300, he said.

"It's for our veterans so they will always be remembered," he said.

Of the veterans listed on the plaque, four were killed in World War II and eight were killed in Korea, Unger said.

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After the memorial was unveiled by Nigh, the crowd sang "God Bless America" over the roars of vehicle traffic on the street.

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