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WWII Roundtable seeks members

December 30, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The organizers of a World War II Roundtable are seeking members to discuss battles, campaigns and other events that occurred during the conflict.

Roundtable President Chip Zimmer said anyone is welcome to join the monthly discussions.

"It's a way to honor our World War II veterans," Zimmer said. "We've had people from Gettysburg contact us (about joining). The word is really spreading."

Zimmer said the club has about two dozen members who range in age from teenagers to World War II veterans.

The club had an organizational meeting Dec. 7 to elect officers, Zimmer said. The first discussion will be Jan. 7 at the American Legion Post at 405 Northern Ave. in Hagerstown. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., he said, and the discussion will follow.

Zimmer said Jeff Driscoll, who teaches a class about World War II and serves as a tour guide at Antietam National Battlefield, will discuss the events that caused the war.

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"It will give us a baseline," he said.

Zimmer said he came up with the idea to form the roundtable after he talked to his father, who served in the Battle of the Bulge, a German offensive that lasted from December 1944 to January 1945. The battle saw some of the heaviest fighting of World War II.

In addition to the discussions, the club intends to take two or three field trips each year to places such as the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., Zimmer said. The club also is considering a visit overseas to a site that played a significant part in the war.

Zimmer said the club's annual membership fee is $20, but the cost will be waived for World War II veterans.

The fee will be used, in part, to attract speakers for the discussions, Zimmer said.

For information, call Zimmer at 301-733-7277.

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