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Maryland Celebration Planned for Oct. 4

Plans were unveiled today to honor Maryland's Olympians -- including eight-time gold medalist Michael Phelps -- in a series of events on Oct. 4, 2008.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith and Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon were joined by Phelps' mother, Debbie Phelps, at Towson High School to announce the plans.

"Michael Phelps, and all Maryland Olympians, represented their State and their nation in historic fashion in Beijing, and we are proud to offer a homecoming celebration fitting of Maryland's own national heroes," said O'Malley. "There is no better location than the birthplace of our national anthem to welcome Michael and all Maryland's Olympians home. Fort McHenry offers an historic backdrop to honor an athlete whose accomplishments this year brought Olympic history home to Baltimore."

Plans include a parade through Towson, Phelps' hometown, at 3 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2008, beginning at the intersection of York Road and Burke Avenue, continuing down York Road and through the Rogers Forge neighborhood where Phelps grew up.

Following the parade, Phelps and the Maryland Olympians will be honored at Fort McHenry at 7:00 p.m. That event will include music, fireworks and a salute to Phelps.

By Tracee Hamilton | September 9, 2008; 1:36 PM ET |


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