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New Funkstown plaque to include missing veterans' names

November 10, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown veterans from the Korean War and Vietnam War whose names were left off a plaque at the town monument will have their names on a new monument.

Bill Osborne, who grew up in Funkstown, has spearheaded an effort to rectify the absences of some veterans' names from the monument at Baltimore Street and Alt. U.S. 40.

The Town Council voted 5-0 Monday night to allow a new monument to be installed at the town monument and for Osborne to collect money for it.

Osborne said it will cost $850 and he already has $500 in pledges from the Funkstown American Legion, the legion's Last Man Standing Club and another donor.

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Osborne Funeral Home in Williamsport is providing the monument at wholesale price and will help oversee its engraving and installation, Bill Osborne said.

The monument will be 3 feet, 10 inches long, 3 feet high, and 6 inches thick, Osborne said.

Osborne has 23 names so far and will accept names through Nov. 30 for inclusion on the monument.

If you know of a Vietnam War veteran from Funkstown or election district 10 whose name is not on the current town monument, or if you want to make a pledge toward the cost of the monument, you may call Osborne at 301-991-2039.

If you know of a Korean War veteran from Funkstown or election district 10 whose name is not on the current town monument, you may call Jay Everly at 301-797-1522.

Lynn Spalding Jr. also has been helping with the project, Osborne said.

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