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Heritage students help restore Funkstown American Legion post's tank

November 21, 2011
  • Heritage Academy students, from left, Jared Hamrick, Collin Poyle, Tristan Prejean, Zach Muller and Bryce Nigh are shown with the World War II tank they restored during the summer. The tank is on the grounds of Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211 in Funkstown.
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FUNKSTOWN — The Dixon-Troxell Post 211 of the American Legion honored several Heritage Academy students and their families with a dinner and awards presentation during the Legion’s regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 10.

Legion members commended the students for the restoration work they did over the summer on the World War II 1942 M-31A Light Stuart tank, which is on the Legion grounds in Funkstown. Under the direction of Legion member Pat Ham, the students used power tools to sand and grind the paint off the metal surface of the tank, and to smooth rough areas. They applied primer to the metal and then painted it military olive.

The project took place during July and August on Thursday mornings. Students involved in the project were Jared Hamrick, Zach Muller, Bryce Nigh, Collin Poyle and Tristan Prejean.

During the awards presentation, the Legion gave each student a polo shirt with a tank logo and the inscription, “American Legion, Post 211, Funkstown, Md., 2011.”

The Legion also honored the school by placing the Heritage Academy name, logo and the boys’ names on the tank.

On Nov. 2, Legion representatives visited Heritage Academy to attend chapel services and to present a pewter eagle in appreciation of the school’s support of the project. The eagle is the school mascot.

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