One of the old well-kept cemeteries.

About 2 or more summers ago I was involved in a project at work. For many years our county had a map of cemeteries in the Veterans Affairs office. This map located many cemeteries with large stick-on flags. Each flag was numbered but there was no key. The man who put it together had also passed on, taking with him the knowledge of the marked cemeteries. I decided it was time to locate these and more. I had plenty of help as a former professor friend of mine enlisted some student volunteers, and then later on volunteered many of his own hours. Keep reading


Maryland State Arts Counsel

This past weekend we took a trip to Baltimore, Maryland. We had a complimentary stay at a Sheraton in Towson, which was very nice.

Our main goal was to visit Fort McHenry and the Aquarium with Charles’ cousins. All the week before the weather was calling for rain, but the sun shone for just about all of the weekend we were down there. It was a welcomed surprise.

My favorite part was the visit to Fort McHenry. It was interesting to walk around the pleasant grounds of the fort which once hosted a time of great peril. You see this was the site of a major battle. The one of which caused Francis Scott Key to write a little poem which became so famous.

This little fort was bombarded with artillery from British warships through the night. They kept their ships just out of reach of our cannons. But regardless of their effort, the flag stood. The British finally left. At this time, Francis Scott key returned to the harbor from being held by the British during the battle. When he saw the flag still waving, is when he scratched down the famous poem “Oh, Say Can You See”.

It was an interesting reminder of the price paid to protect this new nation. There were men running scared along the same paths that I walked. They ran with haste, diligence and purpose, but hundreds of years earlier. Which in the history of things, really wasn’t that long ago!

Now it is a pleasant grassy park where people jog along the seawall, take their dogs for a walk or have picnics. Hotels and shipyards invade the landscape surrounding this last bit of history clinging to existence.

Top photo source: Maryland State Arts Center