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Chair: George W. Owings III, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

[photo, Statue of Baron Johann DeKalb, by Ephraim Keyser, State House grounds, Annapolis, Maryland] Appointed by Governor: Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins (ret.); Joseph M. Balkoski; Michelle Anne Cooper; Ivan V. Dooley; Nancy N. Kurtz; Andre R. Martel; Barrett L. McKown; Robert Parkinson; Renee M. Plumb; Thomas J. Rostkowski; Michael K. Sater; Gail Schnell; Milton L. Schnitzker; Nassir Siddique; Susan Cooke Soderberg; John C. Sprague; Rebecca J. Stone; Daniel Carroll Toomey; Jari A. Villanueva.

Statue of Baron Johann DeKalb, by Ephraim Keyser, State House grounds, Annapolis, Maryland, May 1999. Photo by Diane P. Frese.

Baron DeKalb (1721-1780) led the Maryland Line at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina, August 16, 1780. He died at Camden on August 19, 1780, from wounds received in that battle.

[photo, Maryland Monument, Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania] Staff: Denise G. Nooe

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Fred L. Wineland Building, 16 Francis St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 260-3840; 1-866-793-1577 (toll free, Maryland); fax: (401) 216-7928

The Governor established the Governor's Commission on Maryland Military Monuments in January 1989 (Executive Order 01.01.1989.02). It was reauthorized later in 1989, 2004, 2008, and 2011 (Executive Order 01.01.1989.06; Executive Order 01.01.2004.59; Executive Order 01.01.2008.17; Executive Order 01.01.2011.06).

Maryland Monument, Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, May 2003. Photo by Elizabeth W. Newell.

The Commission inventories Maryland military monuments. Each monument is identified by name, date of construction, location, and original sponsorship. Current ownership of both the monument and its site is noted with a complete description of the monument, including its construction materials; condition; theme; inscriptions, if any; and who is responsible for maintenance.

To restore damaged monuments, the Commission determines the cost and secures funds. Professional conservators and historic preservationists determine and carry out appropriate treatment for each monument. The Commission also assigns responsibility for maintenance of each monument and prepares educational and tourism materials for public distribution. From 1989 to 2014, the Commission has arranged for the cleaning and restoration of 108 Maryland military memorials, including 23 out of state.

Appointed by the Governor, the Commission consists of up to twenty-one members. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs serves as chair.

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