The Solomons Civic Association kicked off the 4th of July with a flag raising ceremony at the Watermen’s Memorial on the Solomons Riverwalk. The crowd began gathering before 10 a.m. and were treated to coffee and doughnuts by the Holiday Inn Solomons.
Ted Haynie, president of the Solomons Civic Association, welcomed the group to the first of many flag raisings. He invited Nate Stevens, 1st Vice Commander of the American Legion Arick L. Lore Post 274 to the podium. Stevens told the group this was the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion, which was founded soon after World War I. He invited the group to come by the Post, located in Lusby, to learn about the many things they do in the community.
Senator Bernie Fowler was invited to give remarks on his beloved Patuxent River. Senator Fowler has become well-known for his annual “Wade-In” where he, his family and community wade into the Patuxent River until he can no longer see his white sneakers. Recently the river received a dismal grade of “D-“. Senator Fowler said while he was not happy, he was not discouraged. He was not going to give up the fight to have the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries become clean. He said “If we are going to save the Bay, we need bolder people to step up to the plate to demand controls on growth, or to find new ways to diminish that what happens on the ground does not affect the Chesapeake Bay watershed.”
A large American Flag was raised by Ted Haynie and John Simpson, owner of the Holiday Inn Solomons and a long-time member of the Solomons community.
Immediately following the flag raising, Senator Fowler led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. A beautiful rendition of the National Anthem was sung by Kim Kenworthy Egbert.
Commissioner Thomas “Tim” Hutchins, President of the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners, spoke of the history of the day. He began his comments with a quote from Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, on his inaugural journey to Washington, D.C., as the president-elect, stopped in Philadelphia to view the site where the Declaration of Independence was signed. He said later “I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence.” Commissioner Hutchins talked about events that had occurred over the years that embodied the spirit of Americans as they celebrate the 4th of July. Accompanied by his son, Commissioner Hutchins urged everyone to remember the sacrifices that have made the United States a great nation, and to enjoy the day with family and friends.
Ted Haynie closed the event by inviting all to attend the 4th of July Boat Parade, sponsored by the Solomons Yacht Club, beginning at noon.
The Solomons Civic Association is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical, nonprofit and nonsectarian organization dedicated to stimulating interest in, and promoting the general welfare of the Solomons area.
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Joyce Stinnett Baki / Calvert Beacon Reporter