Lt. Governor Brown Honors Maryland's World War II Veterans at Salute to Cecil County Veterans Independence Day Celebration
NORTH EAST, Md. (July 3, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown honored Maryland’s World War II veterans today at the Salute to Cecil County Veterans annual Independence Day celebration in North East. Lt. Governor Brown delivered remarks at a dinner with Cecil County veterans at the VFW Post 6027 and participated in the Salute to Cecil County Veterans celebration at North East Community Park.
“As we celebrate the Fourth of July, we honor the brave soldiers who secured our independence; those service members who inspire us to be better Americans and better neighbors, who work while we sleep. We are all proud to salute the courage, dedication and patriotism of our veterans throughout Maryland and across our nation,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Governor O’Malley and I are committed to providing quality, accessible services for our veterans, and serving those who have served for us will remain at the top of our priority list.”
During the celebration, Lt. Governor Brown presented a Maryland state flag to the Vice Commander of the 29th Division Association, Post 85, Mr. Luther Hahn, in honor of those who served in the World War II. The celebration also included performances by the 389th U.S. Army Band from Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Upper Chesapeake Community Band. Lt. Governor Brown also attended the Salute to Cecil County Veterans celebration in 2008.
Since taking office, the O’Malley-Brown administration has made veterans a top priority. Lt. Governor Brown has led efforts to protect funding for programs and services that enhance the quality of life and create opportunities for Maryland’s veterans. The administration passed legislation creating and has invested over $4.4 million in the Veterans Behavioral Health Act and has invested nearly $3 million to the Iraq and Afghanistan Scholarship Program. The administration established the Veteran No-Interest Loan Program for veterans, service-disabled veterans and employers of military reservists or National Guard personnel called to active duty and also established the Small Business Procurement Preference for veteran-owned and service-connected veteran-owned small businesses.
Lt. Governor Brown, the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq, is a Colonel is the United States Army Reserves. He currently commands the 153rd Legal Support Organization in Pennsylvania.