Monday, July 4, 2016

Baltimore Memorials

A rainy day forced the Baltimore Orioles to cancel their game on May 6. I finally exchanged the tickets in mid-June, which meant a trip to the park. During the weekdays, parking is plentiful and free for the first half hour. I exchanged the tickets and had some extra time, so I checked out a memorial to fallen soldiers.

War memorial

The text underneath "Time will not dim the glory of their deeds" is "The citizens of the state of Maryland dedicate this memorial to all veterans who so valiantly fought and served in our nation's wars with eternal gratitude to those who made the supreme sacrifice to preserve equality and freedom throughout the world."

Part of the memorial is an urn containing earth from U.S. military cemeteries around the world.

Display about the urn

The urn itself

Less than a mile away is Westminster Burying Ground, part of Westminster Church. The most famous grave there is Edgar Allan Poe's.

Poe grave

Other side

The medallion

Baltimore's football team, the Ravens, is named after Poe's famous poem, The Raven. Their stadium is right next door to Orioles Park. The neighborhood is unofficially nicknamed "Birdland."

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