“This is just the first year,” said Carroll Hospice Executive Director Regina Bodnar. “Next year is going to be bigger and better.
“We are following the national program,” she said. “I’m just excited to personalize this for Carroll.”
About 30 people showed up to light some 250 luminaries and line them up along the sidewalk on Stoner Avenue and the perimeter of the hospice building. Some of the luminaries, in paper bags with gold stars on them, had the names of soldiers lost.
“He said, ‘I just don’t want anyone to forget I ever lived,’ ” she recalled. “They’re never forgotten as long as we say their name. Don’t be afraid to say their names. That’s why everyone gets their name on a bag.”
Before leading the group in a closing prayer, James also said not only is it important to remember those who died in service, but those who came back and might have had their services forgotten as well.
“Some of the things they had to endure, we don’t know all the stuff they brought back,” James said. “We need to remember them.”
Mary Jane Wickline, president of the Auxiliary at the American Legion Hampstead American Legion Post 200, had two bags set up outside the Dove House — one with her husband’s name, Tom Wickline, the other with that of his brother Ed.
The two men didn’t die in service, but they were veterans. And Wickline’s husband, who served in Korea, was the post commander at the Hampstead American Legion for two years in the early 1990s.