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More Names to Added to Wicomico Veterans Scroll

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1955 War Memorial scroll. (Photo: WBOC) 1955 War Memorial scroll. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md. - A capsule inside the 1955 War Memorial in Salisbury was opened Friday to reveal a scroll containing the names of Wicomico County service members who died in the line of duty.  The scroll will be updated with more names before it is placed back into the memorial.

Two city workers opened the rusty capsule Friday morning that dates back 61 years.  The scroll inside was removed and examined by a representative from the Maryland State Archives.  The scroll contained the names of Wicomico County servicemen who died in the line of duty from World War I, II, and the Korean War.  But the scroll needs to be updated.

"We want to add and bring it up to date," said Mike Moulds, the Secretary for the 1955 War Memorial Committee.  "And then put that scroll back into the memorial for hopefully another 60 to 100 years."

Also on hand Friday for the capsule opening was Tony Sarbanes, who is the Chairman of the Wicomico County War Memorial at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.  Sarbanes said 191 people from Wicomico County have died in the line of duty since World War I to current day in the middle east.  That includes 106 in World War II.  However, there are not even 106 names on the scroll, so Sarbanes said there are plenty of names to be added.

"Those men gave their lives serving this country and the ones at the civic center.  So it will be interesting to compare what we have, and those that got missed, to the scroll," Sarbanes said.

The representative from the Maryland State Archives said the scroll needs to dry before any names can be added but it appears to be in good shape.  It is possible names could be added to the scroll using a type writer or a calligrapher can hand write the names onto it.

There is no timetable yet for when the scroll will be returned to the memorial.  The 1955 War Memorial Committee is raising money to make renovations to the entire memorial site.  Moulds said once the money is raised and the work in complete, the scroll will return.  To make a donation to the 1955 War Memorial Committee, you can go here.

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