Memorial Day is a time when the community comes together to honor Americans who fought for freedom.
At 1:45 p.m. tomorrow, Taneytown will have its annual Memorial Day parade. Members of American Legion Hesson-Snider Post 120 in Taneytown, will lay a wreath at the Soldiers Monument on East Baltimore Street at Trevanion Road honoring those who fought and died.
The parade route will follow East Baltimore Street to Taneytown Memorial Park.
The Westminster Municipal Band and Francis Scott Key High School Band will participate in the parade and a ceremony at the park.
The Rev. Robert Wagner, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and pastor of Emmanuel (Baust) Church in Tyrone, will speak during the ceremony in front of the Veterans Memorial.
The honor detail from the American Legion's Morris Frock Post 42 in Hagerstown will fire a salute.
VFW Union Post No. 8806 in Union Bridge will conduct a parade at 6 p.m.
Local high school bands, Shriners, 4-H Club groups, Boy and Girl Scouts, local businesses, and the mayor and City Council of Union Bridge will participate.
The parade will begin at the Lehigh Portland Cement Co. truck lot and march to the VFW Post on Penrose Street, where a memorial ceremony will be held at four war monuments.
The largest monument contains the names of local soldiers who fought in World Wars I and II. The smaller three are dedicated to veterans who served in Korea, Vietnam, Granada, Panama and Operation Desert Storm.
The speaker will be Donald Elliott, state delegate for district 4B, a retired Naval Reserve lieutenant commander from World War II and a member of VFW Post 8806.
Frances Staley, the last Gold Star mother of Union Bridge, whose son died in Vietnam, and departmental commanders of the VFW for the state of Maryland will be guests.
During the ceremony, Senior Vice Commander Charles R. Stambaugh will place a wreath of flowers on the largest monument. Officer of the Day Ray Wilson will place a red flower, Junior Vice Commander Norman Wetzel will place a white flower, and VFW Ladies' Auxiliary President Wanda Grimes will place a blue flower, symbolizing the colors of the American flag, with the wreath to honor the dead from all past wars.
"We have honored the dead war veterans for about 35 years in front of the VFW monuments," said VFW Secretary Ray Wilson. "We think it is necessary."
At the end of the 45-minute ceremony, the 110th Field Artillery Unit from Westminster will fire a salute, while two buglers blow "Taps."
D8 "That's when it can get emotional," Mr. Wilson said.
Union Bridge's annual Firemen's Carnival will be held tomorrow through Saturday.
Daily lunches, served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and buffet dinners, served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., will include fried chicken, fried ham sandwiches, crab cakes, pit beef, Italian sausage, sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers, french fries, pizza and funnel cakes.
A variety of bands will supply nightly entertainment.
Tuesday is Family Night, and Thursday is Special Ride Night, when you can ride from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for only $7.
Cash drawings will be held Saturday. First prize is $2,000, second prize is $1,000, third prize is $500, and fourth through eighth prizes are $100 each.
The Ladies Auxiliary will have a 50-50 raffle, and the Union Bridge Junior Firemen will raffle a stereo with compact disk player.