The Town of Middletown, MD had an existing memorial for local World War II veterans that was dedicated in 1947. After more than 50 years in the elements, the plaques were in need of a touch up.  In an ongoing effort that began in 1999, Middletown and local Amvets Post 9 began efforts to refurbish and expand the memorial.  The original plaques were restored, flagpoles added to represent the five branches of the armed services (plus one each for POW-MIA and the US flags), and new granite monuments were erected with the names of servicemen and women who made sacrifices for their country from World War I through Iraq and Afghanistan.