Hagerstown to Host 40/8 State Promenade on July 26-28

Hagerstown to Host 40/8 State Promenade on July 26-28

Hagerstown, MD -- Washington County Voiture 651, home station for Grand Chef de Gare Brenda A. Dougan, will host Grande du Maryland's 92nd Promenade and RÇunion des Dames AnnÇe 2013 in Hagerstown, July 26-28, 2013. This marks the first return of La Societe to the Hub City since the 82nd Promenade Nationale, which was interrupted by the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
A special guest will be National Chef de Chemin de Fer Barry Bovee of Grande Voiture de Michigan. He will be the installing officers for 2013-14 leadership. He also will take part in numerous activities, including throwing out a first pitch at the Hagerstown Suns Class A professional baseball game Friday night.
Dougan of Cascade, MD, has headed the Maryland society in 2013 as its 91st Grand Chef de Gare. The Grande is comprised of nine local groups call, "Voitures." Dougan was honored last September by the National Society as the first woman to be elected to this senior leadership position in any state. She will relinquish the title to William Trotter of Damascus, MD, when new officers are sworn in at this year's annual banquet by Chef de Chemin de Fer Bovee.
The society's short title is 40/8, a moniker taken from the French box cars which carried American Doughboys to the front during World War I. The box cars had a capacity of either 40 men or eight horses. Its organization is based on the French railroad system. The Maryland society was chartered in 1922 to honor distinguished members of The American Legion. The 40/8 is now a separate organization.
The 60 delegates and guests will be quartered at the Country Inn & Suites off Valley Mall Road, while plenary sessions and the annual banquet will be hosted by Morris-Frock Post 442--The American Legion, on Northern Avenue. The banquet will also feature presentation of the Grande Law Officer of the Year and winner of the Americanism Award, the latter a finalist for the national award to be presented in Phoenix, at the 94th Promenade Nationale.
One of the society's major programs is its National Nurses Training Scholarship Program. Four nurse scholars sponsored by Frederick/Carroll Counties Voiture 155 will be recognized for earning their Caps and Pins. In addition, Denise Maurice of Carroll Community College and April Gearhart of Frederick Community College will be recognized for their achievement, winning the National George B. Boland Trust scholarships for 2013.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) assisted with the conference logistical planning and will provide attendees with Welcome Packets that include Value Vacation Pass coupons for use at local restaurants and shopping centers. "We are proud to welcome this organization that does so much for veterans, their dependents and others. We hope the group will enjoy their time here and want to come back in the future," said Elizabeth de Vore, CVB Director of Sales.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing, and expanding the local visitor industry. For more information about Hagerstown-Washington County, see www.marylandmemories.com.