|From National Fire...|
A new sculpture, "To Lift A Nation", depicts 3 firefighters raising a flag after the 9-11 tragedy.
The Academy has about 400 students on campus much of the time teaching already trained firefighters skills to do their jobs better. Classes are 1 or 2 weeks long. The campus of the Academy was originally a Catholic girls college, St. Joseph's College. After the college closed in the 1970's, the federal government bought this property to be used as it is today. Because the campus is on the National Historic Register, the religious symbols as crosses can not be removed.
Friday morning, Tom, Ed Perry and Bruce McGinnis went to play a round of golf first thing in the morning. Travis and I stayed at the fair grounds and walked around seeing other people and dogs and the vendors that were set up. In the afternoon, we went on a walking tour of Frederick led by a Good Sam couple. It was a beautiful day for a walk about the city. Walking along Carroll Creek we stopped and marveled at a painted bridge that looked like a stone structure with ivy growing on it. One had to rub their hand across the "stones" to realize it was painted and not real stones. Many stones had symbols or scenes painted on them. There were several painted areas that appeared to be recessed structure in the wall with statues. A grated gate with a little bird sitting in the grates looked as if you should be able to open the gates and walk through. This was quite a work of art!
The artist last name was Cochran and there are other examples of his artwork throughout the downtown Frederick area.
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Saturday was spent at the Samboree. Tom attended a seminar . In the afternoon we watched the "parade" of the various groups depicting the theme of "Hometown Heros".
|Waiting for the Parade...|
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It was just before the parade that I received a phone call from Mom saying that our dear sister-in-law, Janie Little, had died. Six months ago she suffered a stroke and had never recovered from that to be able to go home. At this point we decided that we would leave the Samboree a day early.