Frederick County Gives: Honoring those who served
Frederick County is rich in history, from the Revolutionary War forward. Originally, Memorial Day honored those who lost their lives fighting in the Civil War. As world wars and other conflicts evolved, the holiday became a way to honor all who have died serving their country. Annually on this weekend, we remember the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military to preserve our freedoms.
In addition to the funds created at the Community Foundation [of Frederick County] honoring individual military personnel who have given their lives, we hold funds that honor those who have served in specific conflicts. The Cresap’s Rifles Post 78, 29th Division Fund provides grants to nonprofits, with a preference to those with programs serving veterans and military-related organizations. Grants have supported such organizations as Operation Second Chance, Wounded Warrior Projects and Fisher House. The history of Cresap’s Rifles is an interesting Revolutionary War story. The Continental Congress requested 10 rifle companies from Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland to join George Washington and the Continental forces outside Boston. A group of men led by Michael Cresap marched 550 miles from Oldtown, Maryland, to Boston and the rifle companies collectively are credited with helping to save Washington’s army when at their weakest point in the summer of 1775.
Source: Frederick News-Post