WHEREAS, On August 16, 2002, a special memorial will be held in Druid Hill Park in honor of Eli Siegel the great American poet, philosopher, and founder of Aesthetic Realism; and
WHEREAS, Eli Siegel grew up in Baltimore and his love for the City is well known. Many of his poems were inspired by his early years in Baltimore and his contributions to world thought began with writings completed right here in Maryland; and
WHEREAS, It is most appropriate for the people of Baltimore City and the citizens of our State to join together as we celebrate the centenary of Eli Siegel (1902-1978); and
WHEREAS, Maryland salutes the memory and life achievements of Eli Siegel as we observe a special day in his honor.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PARRIS N. GLENDENING, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, do hereby proclaim AUGUST 16, 2002 as ELI SIEGEL DAY in Maryland, and do commend this observance to all of our citizens.