VETERANS WERE remembered in Manchester with an outdoor ceremony Sunday at the town memorial, which lists the 420 town residents who lost their lives in U.S. wars, beginning with World War I. About 60 people attended the event, which included music, speeches and presentations to the families of veterans.
Army veteran Charles I. Miller served as master of ceremonies. LaVerne D'Alesandro of Kirkridge Presbyterian Church led group singing and performed solo. Boy Scout Troop 320 raised the flag.
Biographies of two Manchester men who died in the Vietnam War were presented to family members. Honored were Michael Kidd, who graduated from high school in 1967 and served five months until his death in 1968; and James Zumbrun, who graduated in 1961 and served three tours with Army Special Forces for until his death in 1970.
Republican Del. Joseph M. Getty, a member of Carroll's legislative delegation, and Jay Graybeal of Historical Society of Carroll County spoke about the roles of veterans, local and national.
Getty described the airline passengers who resisted hijackers aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed Sept. 11 in Pennsylvania, as a new type of veteran.
"Our veterans will not be offended if we honor a new type of veteran today. ... These individuals represent a long-standing tradition that [when we are attacked], we meet the challenge with strength, valor, courage," he said.
Getty and Graybeal recalled Manchester veterans who served in wars long past, including the Mexican War, the War of 1812 (which included the Battle of North Point in Maryland), the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War.
"There is a great tradition in our county of service," Graybeal said, noting that 1,250 county men served in World War I. In World War II, 4,200 county men and women served.
A nerd on stage
Comedy is fast-paced in the two-act play The Nerd, which will be performed by North Carroll High School Drama Club at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school, 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead.
Willum Cubbert, played by Nathan Kurtz, is an architect who has long imagined Rick Steadman, who saved his life in Vietnam, as his personal hero. Cubbert has promised to repay him.
When Steadman, played by David Vaughan, shows up homeless at Cubbert's apartment, Cubbert discovers not a noble hero but an obnoxious nerd who won't leave.
"It's a favor that never ends," Vaughan said, delighting in his role.
Other characters are Cubbert's girlfriend, Tansy, played by Maggie Wunderlich; their best friend, Axel, played by Jeff Hann; Cubbert's employer, Waldgrave, played by Nick McCourt; Waldgrave's wife, Clelia, played by Coralee Quinn; and their son Thor played by Chris Rudy.
The director is English teacher Tom Scanlan. Krystel Feeser and Carrie Reese are assistant directors; Shannon Gibbons, production coordinator; Stacey Elcik, house manager and understudy; and Heather Williams, stage manager.
Tickets are $5.
Boy Scout sale
First aid kits approved by American Red Cross are being sold by Boy Scout Troop 9 to benefit the families of those killed in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
The $7 kits contain a rescue breathing device, latex gloves, road flare, distress flag, bandages and antiseptic wipes. The kits fit in a glove compartment.
Scout Scott Laderer sought a charity and located Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society on the Internet. The 10 Scouts in Troop 9 decided to donate 60 percent of the proceeds from the sale to the relief effort. The remainder will go into the troop treasury. Troop 9 is sponsored by Emory United Methodist Church. Scoutmaster is Jim Spriggs.
Information: Maureen Laderer, 410-239-7398.
Home decoration contest
Manchester Area Merchants Association is sponsoring a holiday home decoration contest.
Contest officials will judge homes from Sunday until Nov. 21.
Credit at participating merchants will be awarded for first, second and third place at the town tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Nov. 23.
Decorations on the themes of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's are appropriate.
Entry forms are available at Manchester Town Office on York Street.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.