Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 27, 2005

Carroll community honors its veterans

The Veterans Day Assembly at Winters Mill High School ("Remembering Their Sacrifices for Freedom," Nov. 13) reminded me again how proud I am of our veterans and all they have done for us.

It also embodied the spirit of Carroll County's school system and community at large, places where patriotism and personal sacrifice are revered year-round. Not just viewed as excuses for a holiday from school or work.

In Carroll County schools, Veterans Day brings with it the best kind of learning, where seasoned veterans talk about the hardships they endured to defend our country.

Individual events around the county honored hundreds of veterans and active duty military, from the small reception in Freedom Elementary's cafeteria to the huge program at Winters Mill, complete with taps and "Amazing Grace."

These tributes are wholeheartedly embraced in Carroll County because of our phenomenal sense of community.

I congratulate the students and teachers who poured their hearts and energies into these special tributes. They truly have a sense of appreciation for the role veterans played in risking their lives for our country and the freedoms we enjoy. These tributes have been encouraged, thanks to the leadership of our school Superintendent, Dr. Charles Ecker, himself a veteran who joined the Navy two days after his 18th birthday.

Lest I diminish other Veterans Day tributes, I also salute and thank local American Legion Posts and the Sykesville Gate House Museum for their commemorations. I attended the museum's annual World War II-themed dinner and dance last month and had the honor of dancing with more than one of these brave veterans.

Thank you, veterans, for making us proud. And, thank you, Carroll County, for the warm and respectful community that you are.

Susan W. Krebs Delegate, District 9B

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