Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
Resident seeks permission to honor those whose remains are at KG landfill
Tomorrow night, King George resident Rich Lorey will tell the Board of Supervisors about a plaque he’d like to put up at the entrance to the King George County Landfill. The bronze memorial would pay honor to servicemen and women whose remains were dumped at the landfill after being processed at Dover Air Force Base.
Lorey, who belongs to American Legion Post 89 in King George, talked to military groups and individuals about the proposed plaque. He never solicited donations, but said news of his effort spread word of mouth. He heard from people as far away as Arizona and got a donation from an American Legion Post in New Hampshire, as well as checks and cash from local people. He collected $1,400 for the 2-foot by 2-foot bronze plaque and got a substantial discount from the manufacturer, he said.
He’ll ask the supervisors for permission to erect the plaque, and board members had mixed reviews on the plan earlier, when it was first proposed. Lorey, who’s a member of the King George County Tea Party, will stress that politics has nothing to do with the effort. It’s more about paying respect, he said.
“This is what we do in America,” he said. “This is what we do for the military who make the ultimate sacrifice.”
Here’s a look at the memorial: Plaque