Honoring Veterans Day in east Baltimore County
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.