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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 3

January 03, 2012

Plan for countywide MLK Day of Service


To the editor:

Volunteer Washington County (VWC), a newly formed nonprofit committed to inspiring, supporting and celebrating volunteerism in Washington County, is partnering with many organizations, businesses and civic clubs to hold the first countywide MLK Day of Service and Evening of Celebration. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is celebrated on Jan. 16 and marks the beginning of the service year as millions of Americans honor the memory of Dr. King by contributing their time, talent, voice and money to improve their communities.

Prior to the actual MLK Day Holiday, Volunteer Washington County would like to invite area church communities, civic clubs and service organization to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in America’s Sunday Supper on Jan. 15.  The Sunday Supper is an opportunity for individuals to come together, share a meal and discuss Dr. King’s call to service.  Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” At the Sunday Supper, ponder this challenging question, envision responses and share your thoughts on building a strong, healthy and engaged community though service to others.  

Any church community or organization that decides to host a Sunday Supper in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is invited to contact Volunteer Washington County so that the supper can be included in the list of countywide MLK Day events and mentioned in press releases. VWC wants the community to know that Washington County residents are joining people from across the nation in celebrating Dr. King’s legacy. Inform us of your Sunday Supper by emailing us at info@volunteerwashingtoncountymd.org or calling 301-800-1496.

Also, 501(c) (3) organizations are invited to contact VWC if they are in need of volunteers to complete a service project.  Let us know your needs and we’ll recruit volunteers to meet them on MLK Day.  Likewise, if your members are interested in volunteering on MLK Day, please sign up on the VWC website: www.volunteerwashingtoncountymd.org.


Bernadette Wagner, Co-Director
Volunteer Washington County




USS Harpers Ferry connects with its namesake


To the editor:

On behalf of myself and the sailors onboard USS Harpers Ferry, I would like to express our sincere and deep appreciation to the Harpers Ferry/Bolivar (W.Va.) Veterans Association for their overwhelming kindness and generosity. This wonderful group made my visit to Harpers Ferry for Veterans Day possible, giving me the VIP treatment and showing me all of the wonderful history in the area.

This was one of my top priorities upon taking command; to reconnect with the ship’s namesake and understand why the Navy chose to name a ship after the area. My visit made the role  Harpers Ferry played in our great nation’s history clear, not only with John Brown and the Civil War, but also the industry of the armory and the start of the Niagara Movement.

I will never forget the absolute beauty of the area and the friendliness of every person I met.

I wanted my crew to understand the history of their ship, so the Harpers Ferry/Bolivar Veterans Association purchased and sent 10 books to the Command. The books cover the armory, John Brown’s raid, the Civil War, and stories of the area. I have made the books available to the entire crew to borrow and read. As of right now, all of the books are lent out to sailors. They jumped at the opportunity to learn about the ship and Harpers Ferry.

This is a proud and hard-working crew. They have faced countless challenges and excelled at every one! They are the right sailors to make sure USS Harpers Ferry continues to be the best amphibious warship on the waterfront!

So again, a hearty thank you to the Harpers Ferry/Bolivar Veterans Association for helping reconnect a ship, her crew and her namesake.


B. E. Delaney
Commander, U.S. Navy
Commanding Ofñcer

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