Names to be added to cylinder inside Salisbury War Memorial

A cylinder that’s been encased in the 32-foot Wicomico County War Memorial for 60 years, containing names of those who died in service, has been removed in hope of adding names.

On Friday at 10:30 a.m., Vicki Lee, director of Conservation and Preservation for the Maryland State Archives, will be in Salisbury to witness the opening of the cylinder and inspection of the scroll. The gathering will be at the city’s utilities shop, at 404 West Isabella St.

There are 156 names on the scroll and 34 could be added, said Greg Peeples, chairman of the war memorial committee. Peeples has posted details about the memorial, on Route 13 at Priscilla Street, on a  dedicated Facebook page.

“One can imagine that when the monument was dedicated that those would be the last names that would need to be written on the scroll.

“Over half a century later we all know that the world can still be a dangerous place and the importance of protecting the freedoms we still enjoy. There are now 34 more names that can be added to the scroll,” he wrote.

A bronze plaque, donated by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a 200-pound bronze eagle at the top of the monument, are registered with the Maryland Military Monuments Commission.

The committee was formed to raise $150,000 to renovate the memorial and rededicate it this year.

Volunteers and donations are needed for restoration on the half-acre lot. Upgraded will be the monument, fountain, retiling of the plaza, replacement of the electrical lighting system, installation of an irrigation system, landscaping and making the area accessible for the disabled.

A fund has been established through the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. To donate, see gofundme.com/1955WarMemorial.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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