Sykesville makes progress toward military memorial
Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL
#1 Dec 28, 2012
Wonderful idea the military memorial. I remember as a child watching veterans march down Main Street during parades. My grandfather, Horace C. Jefferson, was a former Sykesville mayor. Born and raised in England, he became an American citizen. When World War II broke out, seeing England in trouble, he encouraged all four of his children to sign up. My oldest aunt joined the Navy and was on Admiral Nimitz's staff in Hawaii, my next aunt joined the Coast Guard, my mother was a photographer in the Marine Corps and my uncle joined the merchant marine and served on ships delivering fuel and munitions to North Africa.
His four children used to be listed for serving on a plaque in St. Paul's United Methodist Church (don't know if they still are). While they merely served I imagine Sykesville has some incredible military heroes who should be recognized.
I haven't been back to Sykesville in decades but still miss it. I know you have some relatively new ballfields on land that used to be part of his farm, Raincliffe.
One last thing -- a local Sykesville book lists my grandfather as a tugboat captain when, in fact, he was president of a three-city company with a fleet of ocean-going tugs. Prior to that he had been a vice president of United Fruit and before that he was a sea captain (the youngest man in England at the time to have his master's license for sail and steam ships). He also was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1953 by Queen Elizabeth the II for his activities helping British-American relations during World War II.
Sykesville always was an exceptional town. I'm so proud to see how well it is doing (gotta love the internet). Sincerely, Lois Ann Coker-Davis
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