Baltimore County Now
by Marjorie Hampson
Baltimore County Tourism Director
Have you ever eaten Itlog na pula? How about some cocidos? Never tried Pulutan? These aren’t exotic delicacies only available in foreign lands. They’re wonderful foods enjoyed by your neighbors each and every day and this Sunday, you can try them out for yourself at the Fiesta Filipiniana.
The Fiesta Filipiniana is Maryland's largest free Filipino-American outdoor festival and it’s back in Patriot Plaza, between the Towson Courthouses on Bosley Avenue, on Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
This is the 22nd year that Towson has hosted the Fiesta, which honors Filipino history and heritage that so many residents of Baltimore County have brought to our communities. This fiesta offers a chance to enjoy all things Filipino, from live music to cuisine to native crafts. It’s a great opportunity to expand your horizons, learn more about your fellow County citizens, and best of all, try some great food. Everything starts at 11:30 a.m. with a Filipino parade with native costumes.
For more information about Fiesta, check out www.katipunan.org.
Tomorrow, I will have the honor of speaking at the annual Baltimore County Police Memorial Ceremony. Every year, family, friends, and co-workers from across the County come together next to the memorial that overlooks Patriot Plaza in Towson to recognize the bravery and heroism of the Baltimore County Police Officers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
Recalling the bravery and dedication of these heroic men and women is always a humbling experience. I am sure that tomorrow will be no exception. However, what always strikes me the most about our fallen heroes is the nature of their bravery.
Like most of our jobs, our officers have their quiet days, but unlike the rest of us, the men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department can never relax. Each of our officers knows that on even the most boring and routine day of their careers, the worst case scenario can be right around the corner. They know that at any minute they may be asked to put their own safety at risk to protect their community.
Having the courage, discipline, and commitment to handle such a stark reality is remarkable. Yet it’s just another day in the life for the men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department. As Baltimore County Executive, and as a father raising a family here, I could not be more grateful that these officers are on the street each and everyday, prepared to do whatever it takes to keep our County safe.