The flag, flagpole and a monument are gifts to the community from businessman Sam Kemp, a resident of Gerard Plaza for over 30 years and owner of Cedar Hill Florists in Brooklyn Park. The flag will be continuously illuminated. A similar flag flies over his business.
"I've always said this country has been good to me, and so has the community. I wanted to give back a reminder of what this country has given me," explained Kemp. "This is something I've always wanted to do and I finally did it. This is so people won't forget what (the flag) stands for."
The ceremony is the culmination of more than two years of work by former Sen. Al Lippen and George Surgeon, director of the county Career Center. Surgeon will act as master of ceremonies.
"We had to go through sevencounty andtwo state agencies to get permission to use the county land," said Lippen. "The county was willing to let us use the land, but we had to guarantee the upkeep of the flag.
"We signed a final agreement between the county and the Glen Burnie Improvement Association last month, and the GBIA will be responsible for taking care of the flag."
That responsibility includes rotating the flag with a second one every three months so that any fraying can be repaired by the manufacturer.
The flag is so large that the hook and ladder truck from the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Co. will be needed to raise the 20-by-30 foot banner.
Members of the 229th Maryland National Guard Band from the 5th Regiment Armory will begin playing patriotic music at 1 p.m. and entertain throughout the dedication.
The J. D. Youngham Memorial Post 434 of the Veteran of Foreign Wars and the county Police Department are sending color guards to participate in Sunday's program.
County Executive Robert R. Neall will be a guest speaker.
Following the pledge to the flag, a monument will be dedicated to the memoryof Sgt. Ronald M. Randazzo, a Glen Burnie resident who was killed inOperation Desert Storm. His father, Paul Randazzo, is expected to speak.
The community is invited to attend.
Several students at Marley Middle School were honored for their academic achievements at a special awards ceremony the last week of school.
Vanessa Weese will leave Marley Middle for senior high with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. In addition to a plaque and a $50 savings bond from thePTA, her name will be added to a permanent plaque in the school's office.
Two students, Samantha Miller and Gary Wolnitzek, won the Most Outstanding Student Award from the PTA. They each received a $50 savings bond and a certificate from the school.
The Col. Smith Award, given tothe eighth-grader based on academic, social and emotional growth over the past three years was presented to Richard (R.J.) Van Blunk. In addition to receiving a plaque, R.J.'s name will be added to a permanent plaque in the school office.
Several students were singled out for receiving all A's on their report cards all year. For their efforts they received a pin and a certificate for the Presidential Academic Award: Dana Austin, Marshall Brown, Holly Chamberlin, Jennifer Corn, Malynda Grossman, Angela Happel, Carol Harper, Tammy Higgins, Heather Hutson, Lexy Leitch, Samantha Miller, Stanley Mocarsky,Michael Novitske, Naveed Raoof, Jeannie Smalley, Kimberly Sparks, Michael Tonks, Michael Wright and Vanessa Weese.
Once again, it's vacation Bible school time. Several churches in Glen Burnie are preparing for a week of fun and fellowship for children of all ages.
* Luanne Weslow is coordinating the vacation Bible school program atthe Marley Park Church of the Nazarene, 7741 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Classes are from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 8 to 12. Children ages 4 to the eighth grade are welcome. There is no charge to register, but donations of cookies are welcome.
For registration information, call the church office at 768-1852.
* Children who have completed kindergarten to eighth grade are invited to attend Bible school at Glen Burnie United Methodist Church, Crain Highway and D Avenue.
Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 15 to 19. There is a $2 registration charge, and transportation is available.
For registration, call 768-6740.
* Marley United Methodist, 30 Marley Neck Road, has scheduled Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon July 8 to 12.
For additional information, call the church office, 760-4720.
* Vacation Bible school is called Camp Can-Do at Messiah United Methodist, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.
Classes for children 2 through sixth grade will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 8 to 12. Older youth will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. July 8 to 10.
Registration will be taken at 8:30 a.m. July 8 prior to the start of class. There is a $3 fee per child or $7 per family. For information, call 761-1944.
The new officers ofthe Rotary Club of Glen Burnie were installed Thursday at a special dinner. Officers for the 1991-1992 year are Ray Streib, president; EdDeGrange, vice president; Mike Reeder, secretary; Ron West, treasurer.