Veterans Monument in Columbia

Howard County, Maryland, where I live, has more than 20,000 veterans, about 7 percent of the population. The county has decided to erect a monument to its veterans. It will be near the fountain at Lake Kittamaqundi in downtown Columbia, next to Whole Foods Market. I attended a public dedication of the site on June 3. A bevy of VIPs were present:

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman
Jon Weinstein, Chairperson, Howard County Council (U.S. Army Veteran)
Greg Fitchitt, Executive Vice President, Howard Hughes Corporation
Milton Matthews, President & CEO, Columbia Association
Robert Gillette, President, Howard County Veterans Foundation
Major General Howard Mooney, Jr. (Retired), Co-Chair, Howard County Commission for Veterans and Military Families
Lisa Terry, Manager, Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families
Jackie Scott, Acting Director, Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services

Also present were many members of my American Legion Post. I was proud to be a part of a ceremony celebrating veterans and their families. After the years of being dishonored because of my Vietnam service, I especially welcome recognition for all my fellow veterans, regardless of service or war.

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