On June 6th, 2013, the Caroline Veterans Memorial Steering Committee and supporters gathered around the Memorial Monument dedicated to Caroline County Military Veterans.
This day (June 6th) was the anniversary of the Allied invasion of northern France, code named D-Day, General Fretterd, the Caroline County Commissioners, and distinguished Veterans gathered to "break ground" for the new improvements to the local Memorial. Sheriff Randy Bounds and Captain James Henning attended the memorial ceremony to show their support for this very noble project undertaken by the committee.
Randolph Moore presented two special bricks for installation onto the future walkway honoring two distinguished veterans: Mr. Charles Moore former Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Maryland Army National Guard (MDARNG) and Captain Jack Rue. Both deployed in 1944 from the Denton Armory as a part of the 29th Division and served their country in Normandy France. Mr. Moore still resides in Denton. Captain Jack Rue passed in 2012.
During the ceremony, General Eisenhower's Message Sent Just Prior to the invasion was read aloud. The message read:
"Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely. But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory! I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory! Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking. -- Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower"
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Moore (ret) who was one of the many soldiers who received the above message from General Eisenhower was honored in addition to Captain Jack Rue's son who stood in place of his father during the ceremony.
The Caroline County Veterans Memorial is located at the corner of the Caroline County Recreation and Parks building