For the Cumberland Times-News
DEER PARK — The Garrett County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10077 in Deer Park is the winner of the Fred C. Hall Memorial Outstanding Post Special Project Award.
VFW Post 10077 submitted its Freedom is not Free project to the U.S. National VFW Headquarters’ annual contest that is open to all the posts in the country. After several rounds of judging, the competition came down to three projects and in the final round the Garrett County entry was judged the overall winner.
This Korean War commemoration project was organized by members of VFW Post 10077, primarily to honor the Korean War era veterans on the 60th anniversary of the start of the conflict. It also served to educate local residents about the Korean War and helped develop a sense of patriotism in the youth of the area. The project renewed contacts with the Korean people through their embassy in Washington, D.C.
The four major events in the commemoration were a ceremony at the county courthouse where certificates of appreciation were given to Korean veterans; a Flag Day ceremony at Wisp Resort where Korean veterans were chosen to carry the 50 state flags; an exhibit by the local historical society that featured the history of the Korean War; and a ceremony at the Republic of Korea Embassy that honored the service of the Korean veterans.
The project was organized by Carl P. Rebele, a combat veteran of the Korean War, under the direction of Post Commander Paul Everly. Other members who contributed considerable work to the project were Paul Shogren, Marvin Guthrie, Claude Beckman, Randall Kahl and Wayne McCaughey.
For its efforts, Post 10077 will receive a plaque at the national convention in San Antonio, Texas, in August plus a $1,000 service scholarship. Everly will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the national convention.