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Marylandís Flag Centennial!
|Secretary of State, Karl Aumann, kicked off Maryland Flag Day at Carroll Manor Elementary in Baltimore County. Secretary Aumann declared March 9, 2004 Marylandís Flag Centennial with a Proclamation, drawn up by the Governorís office, and flag information for Carroll Manorís fourth grade class to celebrate the event.
Carroll Manorís significance lies within the Carroll and Calvert families being two of Marylandís most prominent. George Calvert, first Lord Baltimore, adopted a coat of arms that included a shield with alternating quadrants featuring the yellow-and-black colors of his paternal family and the red-and-white colors of his maternal family, the Crosslands. Lord Calvert granted Charles Carroll land in 1688 and made him Attorney General of Maryland. Later, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Charles Carrollís grandson, signed the Declaration of Independence from Maryland. When the General Assembly in 1904 adopted a banner of this design as the state flag, a link was forged between modern-day Maryland and the very earliest chapter of the proprietorship of the Calvert family.