Hon­or­ing those who de­fend our free­doms

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As Elec­tion Day ap­proaches, it’s an ap­pro­pri­ate time to think about those who have done more than their part to pro­tect the free­doms we en­joy, and of­ten take for granted.

So in ad­vance of Vet­er­ans Day, the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent is proud to pub­lish a spe­cial bonus edi­tion, 100 per­cent ded­i­cated to some of our lo­cal mil­i­tary per­son­nel and their sto­ries. This com­mem­o­ra­tive edi­tion will be de­liv­ered to all In­de­pen­dent sub­scribers to­mor­row, Satur­day, Nov. 5, as part of their cur­rent sub­scrip­tion. Copies will also be avail­able at all our reg­u­lar news­stand lo­ca­tions through­out Charles County.

“Vet­er­ans Day is one of those days ev­ery year that makes me pause for a mo­ment to think about the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line for me and for our coun­try,” said David Fike, pres­i­dent of APG Me­dia of Ch­e­sa­peake. “This Vet­er­ans Day, take a mo­ment to thank a vet­eran for their ser vice.”

And since we’re all turn­ing our clocks back this week­end for the start of Eastern Stan­dard Time, maybe a good way to spend that ex­tra hour is by sit­ting back and tak­ing a look at this spe­cial bonus edi­tion.

Along with other fea­tures, you will find sto­ries about:

• Richard “Ace” Stutz, who served in an Air Force ex­plo­sive ord­nance unit in Viet­nam. Not­ing that re­turn­ing ser­vice­men weren’t al­ways wel­comed home warmly dur­ing that tur­bu­lent time, Stutz said he changed out of his

mil­i­tary uni­form in an air­port bath­room in Seat­tle to blend in. Years later, he now works at the Mary­land Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Mu­seum in New­burg, per­form­ing du­ties he said are “ther­a­peu­tic.”

• Norm Saun­ders, who was a “point man” in his Army in­fantry unit in Viet- nam. Such a soldier walked a few feet in front of his unit check­ing for land mines, so if he had stepped on one, his com­rades would at least have been spared. Saun­ders sur­vived that or­deal, al­though he was shot once while on duty.

• Ge­orge Vou­giouk­les, a 67-yearold Viet­nam vet, who is strug­gling in south­ern Calvert to find steady hous­ing. He is one of nearly 48,000 home­less vet­er­ans in the United States.

• Ernest C. Friess, a 22-year-old first lieu­tenant from Oak­ley in the 7th Dis­trict who was pi­lot­ing a B-24 Lib­er­a­tor bomber be­fore he was lost over the Adri­atic Sea off the coast of Italy on Nov. 11, 1944 (on what was then called Ar­mistice Day).

This Vet­er­ans Day edi­tion is an­other part of our Tributes Pro­gram launched in 2014 by APG Me­dia of Ch­e­sa­peake to show­case, honor and thank all those who serve our coun­try. We will be do­nat­ing pro­ceeds from ev­ery copy of this spe­cial pub­li­ca­tion pur­chased at the news­stand to the Char­lotte Hall Vet­er­ans Home.

“We put our do­na­tions to good use, es­pe­cially for vet­er­ans who do not have the in­come to pur­chase eye­glasses, den­tures and den­tal work, and for fun things like out­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties,” said Sharon Mat­tia, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the vet­er­ans home. “The vet­er­ans we care for at Char­lotte Hall gave years — and some, decades — of their lives to make cer­tain the Amer­i­can way en­dures. Thank you to all who served in the name of free­dom.” Re­mem­ber­ing and rec­og­niz­ing

shouldn’t be a once-a-year-thing. What these lo­cal heroes and many oth­ers did for our coun­try is amaz­ing, and

we salute and thank each of them for their ser­vice to our na­tion. We ask you to join us in this cel­e­bra­tion, and we thank you in ad­vance if you de­cide to as­sist in our ef­forts by pick­ing up a copy of this com­mem­o­ra­tive edi­tion.

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