Do you know about Mary­land Day?

Record Observer - - Opinion -

Did you know we had a Mary­land Day in March?

I read about it some­where and made a note, but could not find it listed on our cal­en­dar hang­ing on the re­frig­er­a­tor. March has Ash Wed­nes­day on the 3rd, Day­light Sav­ings Time start­ing on the 12th, St. Pa­trick’s Day on the 17th, and March 20th is the first day of Spring. But no Mary­land Day listed. I hope the state gov­ern­ment has a big cel­e­bra­tion com­ing up. Can any of my read­er­friends fill me in?

I went to a unique hand-pro­duced cal­en­dar by Bill Lamp­man he gave me re­cently to look up March, but he did not have it listed either. He did have some in­ter­est­ing items on the page of March. He had in­cluded some ad­ver­tis­ing from Centreville Record back in 1922. The pa­per, which merged later with the Ob­server to be­come to­day’s Record Ob­server, said in it’s mast­head back then that “A Square Deal is our Motto,” and that “Fifty-Five Years Largest Cir­cu­la­tion,” plus “First Class Job Print­ing.” In­cluded in the ads he re­pro­duced was one from Wright and Lowe Com­pany where they were sell­ing Ford cars ef­fec­tive Jan. 16, 1922, at $580 for a coupe and $645 for a sedan. There was also an ad for J.E. Mears Bar­ber Shop and an­other for Hol­land and Thomp­son’s Phar­macy. You could call Phone 4 and get Bartlett Hard­ware Co. or call 242 for the J.O. Pip­pin Taxi Ser­vice and Garage. An­other ad said “We Re­fer Our Guests to Al­fred Green and Son, Centreville’s Big Depart­ment Store.”

Bill did a great job of putting out this un­usual cal­en­dar. I will talk about some of the old pho­to­graphs of the town he has has in the April month and some base­ball pho­tos in the May is­sue.

I’m sorry you can’t get one of the cal­en­dars for your­self as Bill only made a few for di­rec­tors of the Mu­seum of Eastern Shore Life out at the 4-H park. We have got­ten a big kick out of each month and will tr y to tell our read­ers more about the up­com­ing months and how Bill used lo­cal pic­tures and hap­pen­ings on each one.

• • • THOSE 7 PO­LICE­MEN That was a star­tling head­line in the Sun the other day about the 7 city po­lice of­fi­cers ac­cused of fraud, over­time pay, etc.

Now ev­ery­one knows that a man is in­no­cent un­til proven guilty in a court of law, so that will have to wait. If found guilty all should be pun­ished to the fullest ex­tent of the law. Ac­cord­ing to one story, they all put in a lot of over­time to get the money listed int he story. It said the amount was more than $43 mil­lion for a year — cer­tainly a lot of money out of the city tax pay­ers’ pock­ets. It said in the story that one of­fi­cer was paid $85,400 for a year’s salar y, but then re­ceived an­other $83,300 in over­time pay. That’s darn near $165,000 in his pocket. Those al­le­ga­tions, if true, cer­tainly put a bad taste in ev­ery­one’s mouth.

• • • SAV­ING VET­ER­ANS HIS­TORY There was an in­ter­est­ing story in the lat­est is­sue of the Le­gion mag­a­zine con­cern­ing the Vet­er­ans His­tory Project of the Amer­i­can Folk­life Cen­ter at the Li­brary of Congress.

The project notes that we should make it our (we vet­er­ans) mis­sion to col­lect and achieve the ac­counts of all vet­er­ans be­fore their mem­o­ries are lost to time.

Don Keith, the au­thor of the ar­ti­cle in the Le­gion mag­a­zine, has writ­ten one book about a World War II sub­ma­rine; and while do­ing that in 2006 he ran across a Vet­er­ans Ad­min­is­tra­tion statis­tic that an es­ti­mated 1,000 WWII vet­er­ans died each day. It was fur­ther pre­dicted that by 2036, we will bury the last man or woman who served in that war. Keith is at­tempt­ing to write an­other book about a ship and its role in the Bat­tle of the Coral Seas in May 1942. He has been un­able to lo­cate a sin­gle sur­viv­ing mem­ber of the crew.

Keith said the Amer­i­can Le­gion sup­ports this vet­er­ans his­tory project and hopes all Le­gion posts will make an at­tempt to get mem­bers from the posts to get sto­ries of vet­er­ans from WWI and WWII along with the cur­rent con­flicts, in­clud­ing: the Korean and Viet­nam wars. It said you can go on­line to down­load a brochure about the Vet­er­ans His­tory Project or field kit at www. loc.gov/vets.

I would hope the Le­gion posts in the coun­try might try to do some re­search and help out this his­tory project. I’m afraid I’m not much help since I spent all my WWII time at Camp Lee, Va, the home of the largest Quar­ter­mas­ter Branch in the Army; some 40,000 strong. So, I can’t of­fer any ma­jor story of those live bat­tles over­seas, but surely we must have some vet­er­ans in the posts who would have in­ter­est­ing sto­ries to tell.

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