More about Me­mo­rial Day

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

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.

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