Remembering the brave who died in Korea
The dedication of Carroll County's memorial to its Korean War dead was a moving event. Forty-five years to the day following the war's end, the 11 servicemen who were killed in action were remembered on a sunny afternoon at Westminster City Hall's Veterans Memorial Garden.
Many are due "thanks" for their participation. I must begin with the surviving family members who came from around the state and from Pennsylvania. Their involvement with placing flowers before the memorial provided moments of great poignancy.
The men and women of the Maryland Army National Guard, and their commander, Lt. Gen. (MD) James F. Fretterd, MDNG, the Adjutant General who offered the keynote address, offered a fitting salute to fallen comrades. The flyover of three Army National Guard helicopters was a highlight.
Music was provided by the Westminster Municipal Band, whose relationship with the Maryland National Guard dates to 1915 when it accompanied the troops to Mexico during Gen. Jack Pershing's pursuit of Pancho Villa. The band's patriotic selections were stirring as usual.
Vocal accompaniment was provided by Edith Burbage, a Winfield Elementary School teacher and musical star of many a local stage.
Color guards from Carroll Post 31 American Legion, VFW Post 467, Carroll County Young Marines, Westminster Municipal Band and the State VFW Unit provided sharp presentations of our national and state flags.
The Young Marine Drill Team performed in the finest tradition of the U.S. Marine Corps. A salute was fired by the VFW Post 467 Rifle Squad.
The heat of the day was assuaged by the Carroll Post 31 Auxiliary, which served refreshments. Last but not least, special thanks to the City of Westminster's Public Works personnel who had the Veterans Memorial Garden in an exceptionally beautiful state, and provided shelter, seating and sound for the event.
In other words, it was a day to remember. Thanks to all of the above.
W. Benjamin Brown
The writer is vice president of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners.
Consider Susan Krebs for school board
I am writing to encourage citizens to consider a candidate for the Carroll County Board of Education.
Generally, since my kids are all grown and live in other places, I would have only limited interests in candidates for the school board.
I do have an interest in planning and zoning and it was at one of these meetings that a young women came to my attention.
Susan Krebs stood to comment on issues before the Board of Zoning Appeals and the planning commission. Her arguments were well-reasoned and articulate and her appearance was totally professional. When I learned later that she was running for a position on the board, I was pleased. I took some time to learn more about her as a candidate.
Susan Krebs has been involved in issues related to kids in Carroll County for more than 10 years. She has been on the boards of the Carrolltowne and Freedom elementary schools and Liberty High School. She was appointed by the Carroll County commissioners to the School Facilities Planning Commission and has successfully lobbied for building area schools, including Piney Ridge, Oklahoma Road and Linton Springs. She is an honorary lifetime member of the Maryland State Parent-Teachers Association. She will have continuing interest in the county's schools because she has children in elementary, middle and high schools at the present time.
She understands through personal involvement the issues that concern parents about the school system: class size, academic excellence, parental involvement and cost control. She is a bright young women, filled with ideas for improvement of the system and energetic enough to see that they come to fruition.
She knows how the system works. I am convinced that Ms. Krebs would serve the public well as a member of the county Board of Education.
I urge parents and citizens generally to learn more about this exceptional young woman and to vote for her in the primary and general elections.
Pub Date: 8/09/98