Monday, May 28, 2012
Seven fallen Maryland servicemen and women were ushered into the Circle of the Immortals.
Tiny American flags adorned almost 3,000 graves at the Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens today. They symbolized the 3,000 Maryland veterans buried at the Timonium cemetary, where today thousands gathered to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives at war. Seven men and women of the armed forces were welcomed Monday into what the cemetary calls the "Circle of the Immortals"—a memorial shrine dedicated in 1967 and reserved for Marylanders killed in action. The seven men and women who have died in the last year were: About 130 Marylanders have died serving their country since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan alone. ________ Who are you honoring today? Tell us who and why in the comments section below.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
‘I called in every favor, pulled every thread I could find.’
In September 2008, two things happened: The world economy collapsed, and I was looking for a job. Since I was leaving the Navy, I used a “military career transition service,” which helps you with interview preparation, resume writing and culminates in a one-day/10-interview extravaganza. From those 10 initial interviews, I received nine “call-backs,” or second interviews; I turned down seven of them. This was not a smart decision. In retrospect, my standards were too high, my self-regard a bit … overly optimistic. I also had no plan beyond this one day of interviews. I figured with 10 companies, I had to find something. I was wrong. By the time I went for the two second interviews I chose to pursue, companies were literally instituting …
Monday, May 7, 2012
“If it weren’t for my daughter … I’d be one of those guys on the corner with a sign”—Maryland veteran.
When Andrew Smith III talked with his U.S. Marine Corps platoon mates in Iraq before he returned to Maryland in 2009, he recalled they agreed finding a job in a recession would be tough. But he said he never imagined it would be like this. Smith said he sleeps four hours a night to make time for his part-time job loading baggage for Delta Airlines, training classes in the afternoons and searching for a full-time job with benefits to support his wife and two kids without relying on food stamps and other assistance. But last week, during a job fair organized by the Maryland Department of Transportation for veterans in Baltimore, he was almost optimistic. “For a while, we as veterans feel like we were forgotten about,” said Smith, 29, of …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Maryland veterans talk about getting passed over for jobs—and how to change that.
Stephanie Gilbert of Pasadena served six years as an Arabic linguist and was an Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan before being honorably discharged last year. The former staff sergeant is now pursuing a degree in financial economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. But when it came time for the 27-year-old veteran to seek financial services internships this summer, Gilbert was shocked when she was passed over. Twice. “I’m 27 years old and I’m applying for internships,” she said. “It’s disconcerting when a 19-year-old gets the internship instead of me. It’s like, ‘What?’” With a resume stacked with wartime leadership experience, a 3.8 GPA and Arabic fluency, Gilbert said she assumed she would have been at the top …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Close to 2,000 people attended a two-day memorial ceremony for the Army major at a church in Lutherville.
Maryland Army National Guard Maj. Robert Marchanti's children said he was a big man with an even bigger heart. Son and daughter, Aaron and Leah Marchanti, spoke to media outside of Trinity Assembly of God church in Lutherville, following a two-day memorial to honor their father who was killed while serving in Afghanistan on Feb. 25. The siblings said they will remember the way he loved their mother the most. "Ever since they met in high school, he's just loved her with every little bit of himself and there's a lot of him, so he loved her a lot," Leah Marchanti said. More than 1,500 people attended the memorial Sunday night with hundreds more gathering at the church Monday morning. A vigil was held in Dundalk shortly after news broke of …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Maj. Robert Marchanti was killed in Afghanistan last week. On Friday night, former students and friends gathered for a candlelight vigil.
Friends and former students of Maj. Robert Marchanti II gathered at the gazebo across from Dundalk Elementary School on Friday night to remember the Maryland National Guardsman who was killed in Afghanistan. The vigil attracted several media outlets. Fox 45 has a video on the event. Dundalk Patch blogger Buzz Beeler was on the scene and took the attached photos. If you have photos from the event, upload them to this article.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The 29th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army National Guard was honored over the weekend at the Freedom Salute Ceremony.
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began nearly a decade ago, more than 20,000 soldiers from Maryland have deployed overseas. About 156 Maryland soldiers have been wounded in Afghanistan and 37 have died. On Saturday, the Pentagon confirmed one more death: Maj. Robert J. Marchanti II, 48, of the Maryland National Guard was killed during a Feb. 25 attack on the Afghan Interior Ministry. On that same day, in the safety of the BWI Airport Marriott Hotel, state officials welcomed home approximately 30 of Marchanti’s fellow guard members after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan with the 29th Infantry Division. The Freedom Salute Ceremony in Linthicum honored the soldiers who formally returned about three months ago. The hugs, tears and …
Monday, May 30, 2011
Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens adds 10 veterans to the Circle of the Immortals.
About 3,500 veterans are buried at the Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, and 10 more have been added over the last year. On Memorial Day, their graves were decorated with American flags and flowers. Their families were honored with service awards. Decorated military officials—including Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown—spoke kind words about them. A crowd of hundreds gathered at the Timonium cemetery Monday to remember the nine men who died in the line of duty while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The nine men honored on Monday were: Air Force Msgt. Tara R. Brown, of Bowie, MD, was killed on April 27, 2011. She will be honored at the 2012 Memorial Day ceremony. The men and woman of the …