Memorial Day parades planned

Holiday: American Legion post in Westminster sponsors annual event, including services at cemetery.


Westminster Carroll Post 31 of the American Legion will observe Memorial Day with a parade and memorial service tomorrow.

The parade will feature five marching bands, veterans organizations, Scout troops, the Civil Air Patrol, Army National Guard members, Civil War re-enactors and about 200 children from St. John School re-enacting the first Memorial Day Observance in 1868.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the Monroe Street formation area, continue down Pennsylvania Avenue and go east on Main Street to Church Street, then to the Westminster Cemetery for the memorial service at 11 a.m.

Walter Shipley, a World War II Navy veteran, will be honorary marshal.

Former Carroll County resident G. Michael Schlee, from the National Security-Foreign Relations Division of the American Legion in Washington, will speak.

Carroll Community Cable Channel 19 will show the parade and service on tape delay.

Information: Paul Smith, 410-848-8820.

Several other organizations around the county also will hold Memorial Day observances.

Uniontown will hold its Memorial Day parade at 2 p.m. today. The parade will begin at the Lutheran Church parking lot and will be led by a detachment of Marines and guests.

The parade will end at the Lutheran Church cemetery at the other end of town, where a brief ceremony will be held.

Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry Barnes, a former Green Beret who served with the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam and received two Bronze Stars, will speak.

This year's ceremony will also honor the memory of David Bennett, who for many years organized the event.

Bennett, a Marine who served seven tours in Vietnam, died last year.

Cookies and lemonade will be served after the ceremony at Patrece Bennett's home, at 3481 Uniontown Road. Information: Terry Duffy at 410-751-9177.

Sykesville American Legion Memorial Post 223 will hold its annual Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the post home, 7327 Slacks Road.

Robert Reigel, a post member who represents Post 223 on the legion's Department of Maryland Executive Committee, will speak.

An artillery salute by the 29th Division of the National Guard, based in Westminster, will honor those who died serving their country.

Andrea Brunner and Kevin Carter, from Liberty High School, and Katherine Van Akin, from Glenelg High School, will present readings.

The three high school seniors won the post's $1,000 college scholarships.

At the program's conclusion, a Boy Scout from the post's Troop 224 will play taps.

Refreshments will be served. The public is invited.

Information: Merrill Sumey, 410- 795-2088 or 410-795-7242.

American Legion Post 191 of Mount Airy will hold its annual Memorial Day observance at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Pine Grove Chapel and Cemetery on Main Street.

The American flag will be raised to full staff, then lowered to half-staff at 11 a.m.

Phillip Overholtzer, the post commander, will lead the audience in the pledge to the flag, then the program will move inside the chapel.

After a service of prayers and songs and an address by a guest speaker, a wreath will be laid between the two monuments in front of the chapel.

A Marine Corps squad will present a "final salute."

A reception will be held after the service at the post home, at 801 Prospect Road.

The public is invited to the service and reception. Veterans are encouraged to wear their caps and military uniforms, and Scouts may wear their uniforms.

Information: 301-829-9161.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Union Memorial Post 8806 of Union Bridge will hold a memorial service as part of the Union Bridge Firemen's Carnival at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The post is on Penrose Street.

Information: 410-775-2160.

Hesson-Snider Post 120 Taneytown American Legion will hold its annual Memorial Day parade tomorrow.

The parade route will be reversed this year, with lineup at 12:30 p.m. at Taneytown Memorial Park.

The parade will proceed from the park to the post home on Broad Street.

The Rev. Gerald D. Fuss will speak at a memorial service at the end of the parade.

Veterans groups wishing to participate can call the post home at 410-756-2219.

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