Hon­or­ing Vet­er­ans Day in east Bal­ti­more County

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: KEITH ROBERTS

The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. The ex­act time the Ar­mistice which ended World War I took ef­fect in 1918. This year we cel­e­brate the 100th an­niver­sary of this mo­men­tous event.

The first cel­e­bra­tion of the Ar­mistice took place in 1919, when many coun­tries who were in­volved in the “Great War” chose to honor the day with var­i­ous ob­ser­va­tions of their choice. In Amer­ica, the city of Philadel­phia held one of the largest cel­e­bra­tions when thou­sands of peo­ple joined to­gether in re­mem­brance. The fol­low­ing year, na­tions be­gan to rec­og­nize Ar­mistice Day as an an­nual event.

In the United States, Ar­mistice Day was noted in events through­out the land un­til the end of World War II. At that time, ef­forts were started to change the

day into one which would honor all Vet­er­ans, liv­ing and de­ceased. Vet­er­ans Day dif­fers from Memo­rial Day (which honors those who were killed in ac­tion dur­ing war) and Armed Forces Day (which honors all Ac­tive Duty Mil­i­tary per­son­nel).

Here in east­ern Bal­ti­more County, we have some spe­cial con­nec­tions with Ar­mistice/Vet­er­ans Day. Sev­eral lo­cal young boys de­cided to en­list in the mil­i­tary dur­ing WW I and travel overseas to fight the Kaiser in the con­flict.

One of these young men was named Fred­er­ick R. P. Hughes. Fred was born and raised in a small house on the Back River Neck penin­sula (near the present day in­ter­sec­tion of Back River Neck and Turkey Point Rds,). The house where he was born still stands. On De­cem­ber 7, 1917, Fred en­listed in the United States Navy. Sea­man 2nd Class Hughes was as­signed to serve aboard the USS Lake­moor, a cargo ship out of New­port News, VA. On the evening of April 11, 1918, while en-route to de­liver sup­plies, the Lake­moor was struck by a Ger­man tor­pedo and sunk some­where in the North Sea near Glas­gow. None of the 48 crew mem­bers were ever re­cov­ered.

Re­cently, while do­ing some re­search, I came across a 3-vol­ume book en­ti­tled “Soldiers of the Great War” au­thored by W M Hauser, F G Howe, and A C Doyle, and pub­lished in 1920 by the Soldiers Record Pub­lish­ing Assn. This book listed a Pvt., Frank F Fleis­chmann who stated his home of record as Back River, MD. Pvt. Fleis­chman was killed in ac­tion on Oct. 20, 1918, just 22 days be­fore the end of the war.

In keep­ing with a tra­di­tion es­tab­lished by the late Al­fred Clas­ing, a Prayer Ser­vice will be held at the Lamky, Luther, White­head Vet­er­ans Memo­rial lo­cated in the Holly Hills Memo­rial Gar­dens. The ser­vice will take place on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11th be­gin­ning at 11 AM. This in­for­mal ser­vice in­cludes prayers, pa­tri­otic songs, re­mem­brances from Vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies and more. The Gen­eral Pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend.

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