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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | November 30, 1990
AT ITS START, "Decoration Day" looks like a pretty sparse spread, able to raise little more than a cloud of dust as it shuffles along, hat in hand, with the same self-deprecating sort of approach often used by its star, James Garner, as he takes on a role.Eventually, though, this Hallmark Hall of Fame production for NBC, which will be on Channel 2 (WMAR) Sunday night at 9 o'clock, adds layer upon layer of topsoil, becoming a fertile field for a moving drama about redemption from the sin of retreating from life.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
"We cherish too, the Poppy red / That grows on fields where valor led, / It seems to signal to the skies / That blood of heroes never dies. " - "We Shall Keep the Faith" by Moina Michael For many Marylanders, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. It is a day marked with trips to the beach, backyard cookouts, baseball games, community pool openings and, for the next 90 days or so, paying attention to Friday afternoon traffic reports detailing the backup at the Bay Bridge.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | May 29, 1994
SHARPSBURG -- Betty Fairbourn washed and scrubbed her front porch. Her neighbors along Main Street painted trim around windows and doors, planted flowers and hung the Stars and Stripes.Remembering their own and the country's war dead on Decoration Day -- the original name by which Memorial Day is still widely known here -- is a big affair in this quiet, small Western Maryland town."It's the most important holiday in Sharpsburg -- next to Christmas," said Jan Wetterer, a town resident who is a member of the committee that organized yesterday's 127th annual parade.
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May 26, 2011
With the springtime, come the usual Savage Boys and Girls Club sports activities and games in the Savage Park. Just about any evening of the week, you can enjoy a good game of baseball as the youth teams compete against each other. There are other sporting events that take place in the park, so if you want to enjoy watching our little leaguers and youth teams compete against one another, all you need do is head to the Savage Park. But you will need to remember to bring a lawn chair because you are going to want to stay and watch the entire game.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,Staff Writer | June 1, 1993
Twenty-five American flags billowed from front porches in the 200 block of Arden Road in Brooklyn Park yesterday, a long, sparkling row of Stars and Stripes reminding anyone who might have forgotten that it was Memorial Day.James Sinclair, 73, sat behind one of the flags, passing a cloudy holiday afternoon with his friend and fellow World War II veteran Ray Redgrave, 70.There was no cookout to launch the advent of summer.No rush to take advantage of holiday sales.No trip to the beach.Just idle talk between good Americans who have known one each other for 40 years.
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May 26, 2011
With the springtime, come the usual Savage Boys and Girls Club sports activities and games in the Savage Park. Just about any evening of the week, you can enjoy a good game of baseball as the youth teams compete against each other. There are other sporting events that take place in the park, so if you want to enjoy watching our little leaguers and youth teams compete against one another, all you need do is head to the Savage Park. But you will need to remember to bring a lawn chair because you are going to want to stay and watch the entire game.
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By DAN RODRICKS | May 30, 1994
Historians who study these things disagree about the time and place of the first Memorial Day, though all seem to agree its roots were set in soil still fresh with the blood of the Civil War. The village of Waterloo, N.Y., claims the first Memorial Day -- May 5, 1866. But Boalsburg, Pa., marks a Sunday in October 1864 as the nation's first. There are other towns, sites of Civil War battles, claiming to have held services to honor the dead in 1865, either before or shortly after the war ended.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
"We cherish too, the Poppy red / That grows on fields where valor led, / It seems to signal to the skies / That blood of heroes never dies. " - "We Shall Keep the Faith" by Moina Michael For many Marylanders, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. It is a day marked with trips to the beach, backyard cookouts, baseball games, community pool openings and, for the next 90 days or so, paying attention to Friday afternoon traffic reports detailing the backup at the Bay Bridge.
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By Diane Holloway and Diane Holloway,Cox News Service | August 15, 1991
Life is sweet for James Garner now.For most of his professional life he has been successful and popular. But now, at the dawn of his golden years, he's relatively healthy and definitely happy."
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF | May 30, 1999
You didn't plan a trip to the beach and you didn't have the energy to throw a big cookout this Memorial Day weekend. You thought it would be a good time to hang around the house and get some chores done. But now, admit it. You and your family wish there was at least one Event to mark the holiday. It's not too late. Here are 10 ideas for last-minute, low-key, family-oriented Memorial Day events. Some are ways to commemorate the day; others are simply a way for you and your family to spend some time together.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,Sun Reporter | April 22, 2007
William John Pencek Sr., a retired accountant and decorated World War II veteran, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Baltimore. He was 84. Mr. Pencek was drafted into the Army Air Forces in 1944 and was assigned to the infantry as the Allies prepared for the invasion of Europe. After basic training at Camp Wolters in Mineral Wells, Texas, he was sent to Camp Kilmer, N.J., and boarded a troopship to Liverpool, England. After a rough trip across the English Channel, Mr. Pencek and his squad landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF | May 30, 1999
You didn't plan a trip to the beach and you didn't have the energy to throw a big cookout this Memorial Day weekend. You thought it would be a good time to hang around the house and get some chores done. But now, admit it. You and your family wish there was at least one Event to mark the holiday. It's not too late. Here are 10 ideas for last-minute, low-key, family-oriented Memorial Day events. Some are ways to commemorate the day; others are simply a way for you and your family to spend some time together.
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By DAN RODRICKS | May 30, 1994
Historians who study these things disagree about the time and place of the first Memorial Day, though all seem to agree its roots were set in soil still fresh with the blood of the Civil War. The village of Waterloo, N.Y., claims the first Memorial Day -- May 5, 1866. But Boalsburg, Pa., marks a Sunday in October 1864 as the nation's first. There are other towns, sites of Civil War battles, claiming to have held services to honor the dead in 1865, either before or shortly after the war ended.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | May 29, 1994
SHARPSBURG -- Betty Fairbourn washed and scrubbed her front porch. Her neighbors along Main Street painted trim around windows and doors, planted flowers and hung the Stars and Stripes.Remembering their own and the country's war dead on Decoration Day -- the original name by which Memorial Day is still widely known here -- is a big affair in this quiet, small Western Maryland town."It's the most important holiday in Sharpsburg -- next to Christmas," said Jan Wetterer, a town resident who is a member of the committee that organized yesterday's 127th annual parade.
NEWS
By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,Staff Writer | June 1, 1993
Twenty-five American flags billowed from front porches in the 200 block of Arden Road in Brooklyn Park yesterday, a long, sparkling row of Stars and Stripes reminding anyone who might have forgotten that it was Memorial Day.James Sinclair, 73, sat behind one of the flags, passing a cloudy holiday afternoon with his friend and fellow World War II veteran Ray Redgrave, 70.There was no cookout to launch the advent of summer.No rush to take advantage of holiday sales.No trip to the beach.Just idle talk between good Americans who have known one each other for 40 years.
FEATURES
By Diane Holloway and Diane Holloway,Cox News Service | August 15, 1991
Life is sweet for James Garner now.For most of his professional life he has been successful and popular. But now, at the dawn of his golden years, he's relatively healthy and definitely happy."
NEWS
By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,Sun Reporter | April 22, 2007
William John Pencek Sr., a retired accountant and decorated World War II veteran, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Baltimore. He was 84. Mr. Pencek was drafted into the Army Air Forces in 1944 and was assigned to the infantry as the Allies prepared for the invasion of Europe. After basic training at Camp Wolters in Mineral Wells, Texas, he was sent to Camp Kilmer, N.J., and boarded a troopship to Liverpool, England. After a rough trip across the English Channel, Mr. Pencek and his squad landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
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By Robert M. Pennington from the archives of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society | June 1, 1997
100 years agoBusiness in Annapolis was suspended for Decoration Day. White and colored Grand Army posts decorated the graves of Union soldiers. James Owens, an ex-Confederate, addressed Meade Post. -- The Sun, June 1, 1897.In a 15-inning baseball game, St. John's College defeated the University of Maryland, 12-11. Each having won a game, the state championship is not yet settled. -- The Sun, June 15, 1897.Fifty girls, representing 26 Maryland communities, are attending "Girls State" at Fort Meade.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | November 30, 1990
AT ITS START, "Decoration Day" looks like a pretty sparse spread, able to raise little more than a cloud of dust as it shuffles along, hat in hand, with the same self-deprecating sort of approach often used by its star, James Garner, as he takes on a role.Eventually, though, this Hallmark Hall of Fame production for NBC, which will be on Channel 2 (WMAR) Sunday night at 9 o'clock, adds layer upon layer of topsoil, becoming a fertile field for a moving drama about redemption from the sin of retreating from life.
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