Members of the Christian Ardinger Chapter, MDSSAR, presented a check for $5,000 to the city of Hagerstown at the City council meeting held on October 21, 2014 at City Hall. The donation will go towards the George Washington statue project. Pictured are: Davis S. Gysberts, mayor; Steve Bockmiller, planning department; Paul Banister, president; John Turner, vice-president; Jim Ballard, past-president; and Mike Flohr, secretary.
"This past Sunday marked the 233rd anniversary of surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown which effectively ended the Revolutionary War so this presentation couldn't be better timed," Banister said. The statue will depict George Washington as he looked as a young colonel in the Virginia militia during the French and Indian War. Washington had sojourned in the county in that period and often visited here later in life.
"While our local chapter is the conduit through with these funds are passed, this donation represents the generosity of the over 800 members of our state Society and its fifteen chapters. I wanted to give special recognition to the past President-General of our national Society, Joe Dooley, whose generous gift is included in this check," Banister further remarked.
The statue is expected to be dedicated in the spring of 2016.