VFW honors the caretaker of Manor's flag

NEIGHBORS

June 15, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

Every morning for 20 years, Allen Turner has raised the American flag at the Maryland Manor Convalescent Home in Marley.

And each evening he lowers the flag, signaling the end of the day for residents.

"He has taken this upon himself," said activity director Sheryl Rundle. "And he makes it his job to make sure the flags are down every night."

For his efforts, Turner was presented with a plaque honoring his dedication at a Flag Day ceremony yesterday by members of VFW Post 3217 in Baltimore.

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The Stars and Stripes were honored by the Glen Burnie Elks Lodge 2266 last Sunday. Lodge members, Boy Scouts and members of the community gathered to reflect and honor the history of the American flag.

Flag Day, celebrated nationally each June 14, was initially conceived by the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of America in 1907. Following a presidential decree in 1949, it was designated a national day of observance.

"It's a reminder to the people of our nation that America means freedom," said Jeff Grant, chairman of the Glen Burnie event.

Sunday's activities included a history of the flag by members of the Boy Scout Troop 669 and a patriotic presentation by the National Sojourners of Fort Meade.

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Before the children start that summertime refrain, "There's nothing to do," head 'em off at the pass.

The Country Club Cruisers swim team invites youngsters 14 and under to a pool party, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, at the Country Estates Recreation Association on Paul Marr Drive.

The $4 admission includes an evening of swimming, a hot dog and a soft drink. Additional snacks will be sold.

Lifeguards will be on duty all evening, and adult chaperones are welcome as guests of the CCERA.

Proceeds from the party will benefit the swim team's general fund. The team kicks off its season on June 25 in Taneytown.

For information, call Sue Martin, 761-0317.

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Runners, take your mark for the annual Father's Day and B & A Trail 10K race, starting 8 a.m. Sunday at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 19 Crain Highway.

The race is sponsored by North Arundel Hospital, the Annapolis Striders and the county Department of Recreation and Parks.

The 6.2-mile course follows the B & A Trail from the GBIA to Jumpers Mall and back. The course will be monitored, with three water stations to refresh participants.

Prizes will be awarded immediately after the race in the open category and in various age divisions: 19 and under; 20 to 29; 30 to 39; 40 to 49; 50 to 59; 60 and over.

Registration is $5 in advance or $8 on race day. All proceeds will benefit the North Arundel Pediatric Center in memory of Pat O'Brien. Information: Annapolis Striders Hot Line, 268-1165.

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