On Saturday October 29, 2016, Council Member Delauter hosted a Memorial Bridge Dedication Ceremony honoring 1LT Robert "Rob" A. Seidel, III. Rob graduated from Catoctin High school, then later received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Following graduation, Rob earned his Ranger Tab and was eventually deployed to Iraq in 2005. He, along with three other soldiers and their interpreter were killed in action on May 18, 2006 when their Humvee hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during combat operations.
Rob's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Iraq Campaign Medal, and War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Ranger Tab, and the Parachutist Badge.
Along with Rob's family, friends and members of the community, were over 100 veterans representing the Desert Knights, Patriot Guard Riders, and the Nam Knights Motorcycle Clubs, and the Maryland State Police. Also in attendance were representatives from Congressman Chris Van Hollen's office, Governor Larry Hogan's Office, County Executive Jan Gardner's Office, Chair of the Maryland Veterans Commission, Maryland State Senator Michael Hough, Frederick County Council Member at Large Billy Shreve, Emmitsburg Mayor Donald N. Briggs, Emmitsburg Commissioner President Timothy O'Donnell, Emmitsburg Commissioners Glenn Blanchard, Elizabeth Buckman, and Rev. Tim May.
This is the second Veterans Memorial Bridge Dedication Council Member Delauter has hosted in District 5 since legislation was recently passed enabling Highway Dedications. Himself a veteran, Council Member Delauter is committed to honoring the memories of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our great country.
David Brinkley, on behalf of Governor Hogan & Emmitsburg Mayor Donald N. Briggs.
Biker vets lining up.
Veterans biker group honoring their fallen brother.
God Bless America!
Council Member Delauter, Emmitsburg Mayor Donald N. Briggs, & Rev. Tim May.
Flag Line Assembling.
Thanks to Vigilant Hose Company for donating a Saturday morning.
Raising the flag.
The crowd and our colors.
Honoring our colors.
Presentation of the mini-memorial sign to Seidel Family.
Rev. Tim May, Council Member Kirby Delauter, and Legislative Chief of Staff Ragen Cherney.
Color Guard & Flag Line.
Council Member Delauter thanking a vet in attendance.
Council Member Delauter Addresses the growing crowd.
A view of the audience in this well attended event.
Mr. & Mr. Seidel, Guests of Honor.
Local Performer, Jimmy Rickerd performing our National Anthem. Well done!
Introduction by Nam Knights with Ret. USMC Sgt. Adam Kisielewski.