More about Memorial Day
Just want to add a few of my own thoughts to Memorial Day which was so well-observed by Jeff Davis Post 18 at the Post home and around the nation.
As I have done for more years that I can remember, I drove to the Church Hill Cemetery to pay my respects at the grave of my classmate and friend, John Valliant. John and I went into the service together in WWII; while I was sent to Camp Lee, Va., he was sent to France and was killed by a sniper a week before his 20th birthday. I also stopped by the veterans monument in front of the courthouse where John’s name is engraved with others killed in action, and a rendered a right-hand salute.
Glad to see that my old friend from Queen Anne, the late Gus Gibson was recognized in the special Memorial Day supplement printed by The Star Democrat. Gus returned from WWII to help found the Queen AnneHillsboro Fire Company and held most of the offices in the volunteer company before his death. He and I both served 70 years in our respective fire companies, going back to 1946.
That was a well-done special edition by the folks at The Star Democrat to pay tribute to Memorial Day. If you did not see one, I understand they are available at The Star Dem offices in Easton. There are a few copies available at the Record Observer.
••• NEED OLD PHOTOS Mike Kader, one of the directors of the Queen Anne’s Museum of Eastern Shore Life out at the 4-H Park, tells me they are still looking for old photos of the county, and particularly the upper part of the county: Sudlersville, Barclay, Church Hill and Price. He said they are not asking for them to be given to the museum, but he will scan them and return them to the owners.
You can contact the museum at P.O .Box 525, Centreville, if you wish to mail any you have back in the 1900s through the 1960s.
••• DON’T BE TRUMPED Politics is usually not in my thoughts when it comes to my personal column, but here is a worry I have.
As a newspaper guy, a veteran and registered Republican, I shudder every time I see Donald Trump appear on TV or show up at a news conference with a lot of reporters. I don’t know if he is going to attack my profession again, or make some stupid remark about veterans or even come out with something odd about his own political party. He is without a doubt the most UNQUALIFIED candidate for Office of the President of the United States that I can remember ever showing up. But then don’t ask me about Hillary Clinton. I think she is a pathological (is that a word?) liar and I can’t see her in the White House.
About Trump — what is all this talk about his money, and what is he talking about when saying he has given millions to veterans organizations? He apparently was able to dodge the draft using his money or influence. He is a blowhard!!!
And that’s about all the national politics you will see here.
••• OUR BIG 4-H FAIR That was a great 80-page 4-H Fair program in the paper last week, and I always look forward to going out to the Park during that week. It is without a doubt one of the largest fairs on the Shore as it runs a week, where most that I see in the papers run one or two days.
I can still recall hauling that big Speed Graphic camera around the grounds many years ago when I was covering the events as editor. I’m glad they have come up with smaller cameras these days. Anyway, I just want for all my readerfriends to spend at least one day out there the week of Aug. 8. Look over that program and see all the many special events. It is a wonderful tribute to the work of all our 4-H’ers and the many volunteers who put on the fair.
••• A GOOD QUOTE I will close this weekly visit with a note from my old newspaper friend, George Delaplaine Jr., up in Frederick. He is the retired owner of the Frederick News Post, and sends out a monthly newsletter to his many friends. He said he was going to close with this anonymous statement:
“Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it.”
So I shall end with the same quote and attribute it to George.