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Hagerstown seeks World War II vets for free D.C. trip

October 03, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown is seeking World War II veterans who would like to take a free bus trip to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22.

To be eligible, participants have to be a veteran of World War II and live in Washington County.

In April, the city hosted a free bus trip to the memorial for about 50 veterans. That event was open only to Hagerstown residents.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the first trip was so successful that he felt the city should put together another one and, this time, also make it available to county residents.

"I'm 55 years old, and I think that was the most inspiring event I've ever been on in my life," Metzner said. "I was taken aback ... Given that experience, we wanted to offer the opportunity again."

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Karen Giffin, community affairs director for the City of Hagerstown, said about 18 veterans and/or their spouses or caregivers have signed up so far.

Metzner said there is room for about 50 people on the trip, but if more sign up, officials probably would rent another bus.

The bus will leave the Central Parking Lot near Hagerstown City Hall at 8 a.m. and return at about 4 p.m.

McDonald's will donate breakfast, and Callas Contractors Inc. will sponsor a buffet lunch in Washington, D.C., Metzner said. Conservit Inc. will provide the bus.

The World War II Memorial opened in 2004 to honor the 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.

To reserve a seat on the trip, call Hagerstown City Hall at 301-739-8577, ext. 183.

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