Carroll County Times

Gatehouse Museum salutes our veterans at fundraising gala

The Sykesville Gate House Museum will be celebrating it's 10th fundraising gala on March 16 with the theme of "A Salute to Veterans."

According to Curator Mark Fraser, the gala's theme for the past nine years has been a salute to World War II veterans. This year Fraser said he wanted to pick a more inclusive theme.


"Instead of saluting a handful of veterans from World War II, let's salute them all," said Fraser.

Fraser said the gala will feature re-enactors dressed in authentic World War II uniforms from the period. Re-enactor Tom Smith, of Westminster, said he plans to wear an Army Air Corps enlisted uniform from World War II. Smith said that depending on the weather, his wife, Judy, would either come dressed as a member of the Women's Army Corps, or a Women's Airforce Service Pilot.


Fraser also said there will be tables at the gala with authentic pieces from past wars, including an authentic bayonet, a knapsack, field bandages and signal flash lights from the Korean War.

Smith said he will be bringing an Army Air Corps uniform from the 8th Airforce from World War II, and a 1918 Army Air Service pilots uniform from World War I. Smith said he also plans to bring helmets, medals, technical manuals, branch insignias and toys from both World Wars as well.

The gala will feature a silent auction, which will include items donated from merchants from around the Sykesville and Eldersburg area, Fraser said. Dinner will be provided by Kevin's Katering of Sykesville. The colors at the gala will be presented by the Carroll County Young Marines.

The gala will also feature the music of the Joey D Cares Rock Orchestra, Fraser said. According to band leader Joey Dundore, the orchestra is a band formed out of more than 35 members, almost all of whom are students between 6-12 grade. According to Dundore, the band plays primarily classic rock, Motown, soul and '60s-'70s music. For the gala, the orchestra has been preparing jazz pieces to play, a first for the group, Dundore said.

According to town councilman Frank Robert Jr., for at least the first hour of the gala, he will be present in order to sell what he said he hopes to be the last few bricks for the Sykesville Military Memorial and History Wall. According to the Sykesville website, each brick will cost $100.

Robert said that as of Feb. 19, the wall only needed about 15 more bricks sold to reach their first phase goal of $10,000. All bricks purchased are engraved with whatever the purchaser wants, and each brick will be placed inside the memorial which is expected to be located in downtown Sykesville. Robert said there is no guarantee after the gala that bricks will be available for purchase.

"We are very pleased to honor our veterans," said Robert.

The gala will take place at the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Hall. The cost to attend is $45 per person.


To learn more about the Sykesville Gate House Museum, visit or call 410-549-5150.