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Tourism board chooses to use two logos

February 28, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

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Tourism board chooses to use two logos

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has decided on two tourism logos, one of which is specifically targeted to Civil War tourism, the executive director said.

"I think it was a great compromise. It gives us some flexibility," said Executive Director Ben R. Hart.

The bureau will keep the logo featuring a banner patterned after the state flag, Hart said.

A second logo will be similar, but feature the silhouette of a Civil War cannon in the center, he said.

Hart said the general tourism logo can be used for sports activities, such as bidding to bring soccer tournaments and other sporting events to the area.

The tourism board approved the two logos on Thursday, Hart said.

The bureau will continue using the new slogan "Making Maryland Memories," Hart said.

Tourism officials chucked a proposed logo featuring a cannon draped with the American flag last November after area veterans complained it showed disrespect to the flag.

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The American flag should not be draped over anything except a veteran's coffin and should never touch the ground, according to the Code of Flag Display and Use.

When Hart returned to the board on Jan. 29 with the banner patterned after the Maryland flag, board members said they wanted a logo that reflected the area's Civil War history.

Ray S. Linebaugh, president of the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County, said the new logos are a good idea.

"We appreciate everything that tourism has done to right a wrong," Linebaugh said. "We're ecstatic that they're coming out with one that will not be offensive to the veterans."

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