Arundel History

May 28, 2006

1946: A SOLEMN DAY

Across the country on May 30, 1946, solemn gatherings were held to pay Memorial Day tributes to the country's war dead from World War II, which ended a year earlier.

At the new Memorial Plaza in Glen Burnie, a throng watched a veterans' parade, followed by the dedication of a stone monument to honor the armed forces and the memory of those who lost their lives fighting the war.

The Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Department, which faced the new plaza, then raised the flag. Members of the community, veterans, and members of fraternal and school groups came forward to place wreaths on the monument.

In Annapolis, a 6-foot floral anchor was dropped into the Chesapeake Bay as taps was played. Roy E. Bishop, the Naval Academy chaplain, officiated during memorial rites for the Navy's dead.

[Source: The Sun's account on May 31, 1946; Paul McCardell, Sun library researcher]

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