Project to help vet­er­ans

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CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 240th An­niver­sary of 1776 this year con­tin­ues with a spe­cial event in Au­gust. This Aug. 27 is the 240th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Long Is­land, the day that Mary­lan­ders, in­clud­ing a sub­stan­tial num­ber of men from Queen Anne’s County, saved the new United States Army from an­ni­hi­la­tion from the Bri­tish at the be­gin­ning of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War. Those men re­turn­ing home were the first vet­er­ans. To com­mem­o­rate that in­cred­i­ble story of brav­ery the Com­mis­sion­ers of Queen Anne’s County will pro­claim Aug. 27 a “Day of Ser­vice to Our Vet­er­ans.”

Vet­er­ans are asked to sign up with their lo­cal ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions, the Amer­i­can Le­gion or Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars. Vet­er­ans when sign­ing up should in­di­cate what their needs are, ex­am­ples might in­clude help with house­hold needs, yard work and shop­ping. If they don’t have such needs, they could re­quest a visit from an in­di­vid­ual or fam­ily, or go to lunch or at­tend a pic­nic.

Any­one wish­ing to help by pro­vid­ing a vet­eran with a day of ser­vice should email their name, phone num­ber and ad­dress to mm­rgsier­rasadie@gmail.com. This in­for­ma­tion is needed to be able to match each mem­ber of the pub­lic with their near­est vet­eran whose needs they might be able to help. In many cases it might only be spend­ing the day with a vet­eran hear­ing their sto­ries, or go­ing to break­fast or lunch with them. Those who sign up should be pre­pared and ca­pa­ble to help with things like clean­ing house or mow­ing a lawn or be­ing able to sit and pro­vide com­pan­ion­ship by lis­ten­ing.

Queen Anne’s County be­lieves there is no bet­ter way to cel­e­brate the enor­mous ef­fort that early Queen Anne’s County men made to give us our free­dom in 1776, ef­forts that in­cluded se­ri­ous in­jury and im­pris­on­ment by the Bri­tish for a year and a half or longer, than to honor the men and women to­day who have con­tin­ued to pro­tect our free­dom.

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