Across Carroll and elsewhere, countians took time on Memorial Day weekend to honor men and women who lost their lives in the service of their country.
For hundreds of people who attended a ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium, Baltimore County, MemorialDay 1991 was especially solemn.
During the 90-minute program, the seven Maryland servicemen who died during the Persian Gulf war were honored, including Manchester native Army Spec. Charles L. Bowman Jr.
Charles and Sandra Bowman, parents of the fallen Carroll serviceman, attended the ceremony and accepted a plaque honoring their son.
"These are some of the most important people in the world," Dennis S. Hill, Baltimore Police Department spokesman, said of the Marylanders who perished.
U.S. Representative Helen Delich Bentley, R-2nd, told of horrifying images of theIraqi army's wrath that remained when she visited Kuwait after the war.
"Never in my life have I seen such debasement and psychological cruelty against others; your sons did not die in vain," Bentley said to relatives of the servicemen. "Your sons died to stop a horror that defies description."
Monday's program also included the dedication of the Children of Liberty, Liberators of Kuwait Memorial at the cemetery.
While the focus of the ceremony was on honoring the servicemen, several speakers called on the crowd to also remember the family members left behind.
"They paid a price that cannot be measured," said National Guard Maj. Gen. James F. Fretterd. "Memories of their brave sons and daughters are their only reward."
MOUNT AIRY -- Nearly 200 people crowded the Pine Grove Chapel Monday morning to worship, sing religious and patriotic songs -- such as "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" -- and remember the nation's "fallen soldiers."
Army Reserve Lt. Col. Dennis E. Helsel, assistant director of athletics at Syracuse (N.Y.) University, was the guest speaker.
Helsel -- who, along with his father, is a member of Mount Airy's AmericanLegion Post 191 -- spoke of patriots, such as John Paul Jones and Patrick Henry, and the countless American soldiers who gave their livesin the nation's wars.
"They dared to dream, dared to risk and make it happen," he told the crowd. "It cost them their lives -- so you can come into a place and worship freely. Because of them, bells of freedom still ring."
Carmen Ruby of Mount Airy brought daughter Heather, 7, to the hour-long service because she wanted the girl to knowthat "Memorial Day is more than sales."
"This will give her some real exposure to what it's all about," she said.
TANEYTOWN --Before Lt. Col. Bruce Ewing, an Air Force chaplain, stirred patriotism with his rendition of "God Bless the U.S.A.," he spoke of nationalprinciples and asked Americans to overcome racial and other differences.
"The principles are freedom, liberty and justice for all, regardless of race, creed or color," he told a crowd of about 150 peoplewho gathered Monday afternoon at Taneytown Memorial Park for the annual Memorial Day program.
"We all live in America, and that makes us family," he said, nothing that by overcoming differences, Americans could push the nation to new heights.
PLEASANT VALLEY -- Atthe Pleasant Valley Cemetery, more than 70 people took part in an annual procession and memorial service Sunday afternoon.
The event began at St. Matthew's United Church of Christ with a half-mile procession down Pleasant Valley Road to the cemetery.
Participants in the "walk" carried flowers and U.S. flags, which they placed on the graves of 48 veterans who are buried there, said Angela Bowersox, one ofthe event's organizers.
"The children really seem to look forwardto it," Bowersox said of the procession, which has been conducted for more than 60 years.
UNION BRIDGE -- Scores of citizens gathered Monday evening in front of Union Memorial VFW Post No. 8806 for a ceremony during which keynote speaker Army Sgt. Maj. Nathan E. Carter recognized Memorial Day as an observance of "mixed emotions."
"On the one hand, we celebrate the victories," Carter said. "Yet we are overwhelmed by the sorrow of their (service personnel) loss."
The ceremony -- attended by the mayor and council, Delegate Donald B. Elliott, R-Carroll, Howard, and Sen. Charles H. Smelser, D-Carroll, Frederick, Howard -- came at the end of the town's annual Memorial Day parade.