Westminster Memorial Day parade is tomorrow

140th consecutive march concludes with service

May 27, 2007|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Sun Reporter

The 140th annual Westminster Memorial Day parade and observance kicks off from Monroe Avenue at 10 a.m. tomorrow, followed by a memorial service at the Westminster Cemetery.

This year's speaker at the memorial service is Maj. Edwin F. "Ed" Singer III, who will leave for a 14- to 15-month tour of duty in Iraq on Wednesday with the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion.

Singer said his speech will focus on veterans from previous wars.

"I guess my thing is, I have an appreciation for the things people did that came before us, like in World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam," Singer said.

"I think those guys may have gone through more than these guys today, but it's never easy for anybody," he said.

"What they have endured and sacrificed in previous wars, that will be my primary message -- the sacrifice people have given in the past," he said.

Singer said that as the date of his departure grows nearer, the stress level goes higher as he prepares to leave his wife and two children, ages 10 and almost 12.

"Hopefully, [tomorrow] won't be too emotional a day," he said.

The parade will line up under the supervision of Retired Army Col. Ronald Hollingsworth on Monroe Street.

From there, the route goes to Pennsylvania Avenue, east on Main Street to Church Street to the Westminster Cemetery.

The parade will feature Grand Marshal Lt. Col. David Schaeffer, a World War II veteran; local veterans groups from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, 29th Division, and Purple Heart; civic groups such as the Lions, Rotary, Women's Elks and Moose, and Optimists; Boy and Girl Scouts; children from Celebree Learning Center and St. John's Church; Civil War and World War II re-enactors; small artillery vehicles; fire department vehicles; Timmi Pierce from the Historical Society of Carroll County in an antique car; community groups; and the Westminster Municipal Band and Westminster High School Band, said Daniel Bohn, event chairman.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. with Joan Fehle singing the National Anthem and Leroy Schureholz singing America, followed by Singer's message.

"There's a wreath-laying at the cemetery," Bohn said. "The mayor or his representative, Job's Daughters, and maybe some other groups have wreaths and place them on the mound on a stand or on the ground."

A rendition of Taps, and a 21-gun salute from the 110th Field Artillery from the Hahn Road Armory will conclude the service.

The annual parade and service are coordinated by American Legion Post 31 and Molleville Farm VFW Post 467.

The Westminster parade, one of the oldest in the country, has missed a few years due to wars and rain, Bohn said. But even if the parade is canceled, the memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Hahn Road armory.

In the event of inclement weather, WTTR-AM radio will announce any change in plans.

Information: American Legion, 410-875-9898.


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