UNIONTOWN'S MEMORIAL DAY service was particularly moving this year as residents laid a wreath to honor David Bennett, a Vietnam veteran and the town's former Memorial Day parade organizer.
Bennett, former president of the Uniontown Improvement Association, died in December at age 66. Many friends and neighbors remember him for his many community activities, his fondness for old cars and his loyalty.
It seemed fitting to honor not only a war veteran but a man who has meant so much to so many in the Carroll County village.
The Marine Corps League, of which Bennett was a member, and the Carroll County Young Marines marched up Uniontown Road to the entrance of the Lutheran Church cemetery. There, County State's Attorney Jerry Barnes said a few words and read an untitled poem.
Barnes, a Vietnam veteran, read a poem written by Maj. Michael O. Donnell after the battle Jan. 1, 1970, at Dak To, Vietnam. Barnes said he chose the poem because it expressed what he felt best.
If you are able save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.
The Rev. Clarence Foster, minister of Kirkridge Presbyterian Church outside Westminster, read "The Green Fields of France," a poem that tells the story of a 19-year-old man who died in World War I.
The poem is too long to print here but ends with the words, "Willie McBride, did they really believe this war would end all war?"
After the remarks, a man played taps on a bugle, and children laid carnations on the wreath.
After, town residents and guests enjoyed cookies and refreshments at the home of Patrece Bennett, David's widow.
The St. Luke's (Winters) Lutheran Church will hold a strawberry festival from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Hot dogs for 25 cents, sodas for 5 cents and strawberry sundaes will be available.
The festival will feature the William F. Myers Band, which will play from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church grounds at 701 Green Valley Road (Route 75) in New Windsor.
Summer soccer registration
The Union Bridge Area Recreation Council will hold soccer registration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 25 and 10 a.m. to noon June 30 at the town hall.
Teams will be divided into five age groups.
They are: under 6 instructional clinic (4- and 5-year-olds as of July 31); under 8 (6- and 7-year-olds); under 10 (8- and 9-year-olds); under 12 (10- and 11-year-olds); and under 15 (12-, 13- and 14-year-olds).
Cost is $30 for one child; $55 for two children in one family; and $80 for three or more children per family.
Registration is accepted by mail.
Applications are available at the town office. The mail-in registration deadline is July 7.
Information: Colleen Williar at 410-751-2070.
Lions Club yard sale reset
The Taneytown Lions Club yard sale will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Farmers and Mechanics Bank parking lot at Baltimore Street and Trevanion Road.
The event was rained out last weekend.
Information: Leonard Wantz Jr. at 410-751-1200.
Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.