On October 2, 2019 State Employees joined together for a Day to Serve. The project this year was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in South Baltimore. The Memorial is managed by the MDVA Cemetery & Memorials program. The day turned out to be the hottest on record for that date, but that did not deter all of these individuals from working to clean and landscape the Memorial. Thank you to all who worked so hard in the heat. WBAL TV Report
Message from MDVA Secretary George Owings:
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dana Burl, Outreach Director and Russell Ware, Cemetery and Memorial Program Director, all the volunteers, Veteran Service Specialist Program liaisons, and MDVA Memorial Program Staff, who came out October 2 in the 95 degree weather to repair and improve the grounds of the Maryland Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
One hundred volunteers from 10 different state agencies were in attendance. Volunteers helped spread mulch, pull weeds, repair flower boxes and trim bushes and trees.
I’d also like to thank Rachelina Bonacci from Maryland Stadium Authority and Carole Gentry from Maryland Lottery for coordinating this effort, along with personnel from the Department of Commerce. Veteran Service Specialist Program liaisons in attendance were Gordon Outlaw from the Department of Housing & Community Development, James Butler from Lottery, Ryan Lancaster from Human Services, Bridgette Lundfelt from the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, Reed Cornell from Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and Michelle Bell from Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.
Thanks to other state agencies who are volunteering at other veteran related programs during this time.
On behalf of MDVA, thank you again.