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World War II Roundtable seeks funds to take veterans to D.C.

July 25, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

The Potomac Highlands World War II Roundtable is seeking donations from the public to take World War II veterans on a sightseeing trip to Washington, D.C., this fall.

Roundtable President Chip Zimmer said the Oct. 22 bus trip would include stops at Arlington National Cemetery, and the World War II and Iwo Jima memorials.

“We heard about it being done in the past,” Zimmer said. “Ever since we organized, we wanted to do something special for our veterans.”

Zimmer said he estimated that the trip would cost about $2,000 to take 48 people — 24 veterans and 24 others to serve as attendants.

World War II Army veteran and roundtable member Jack Myers said he participated in a similar trip a few years ago.

“I think it’s important for the veterans to see the (World War II Memorial),” Myers said. “We’re all getting older. I’m 88. I think this is probably the last time I’ll have a chance to see it.”

World War II Navy veteran Al Salter said he hoped the roundtable would get enough support to sponsor the trip.

“Camaraderie is a very important aspect of being a World War II veteran,” the 85-year-old Salter said. “It is a generation that is slipping away.”

About 16 million Americans served in the military during World War II, according to the  U.S. Department of Defense. It is estimated that roughly 1,000 of those veterans die every day.

Zimmer said the roundtable — an organization formed to give Tri-State-area history buffs a chance to get together and learn about the largest conflict in human history — will accept any amount of money as a donation. He said any additional money that might be collected would be used to fund another trip.

How to help
To help send World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., call Chip Zimmer at 301-733-7277, or write a check made payable to Potomac Highlands World War II Roundtable to 19644 Spring Creek Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

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