Family members, neighbors and friends braced the hot, sunny day as they sat along East Main Street to observe the Westminster parade.
The Memorial Day parade honored those that served and didn’t make it back home.
Some residents watched the parade from the comfort of their own porch, while others either sat on the curb or chairs they brought.
The parade featured members of state government, local organizations, veterans, boy scouts, local school bands and much more.
‘Elijah’s first parade’
Wanda Green and her daughter Martyce Jackson have been coming to the parade for years.
“We have lived in Westminster all our life, so we always celebrate the Memorial parade,” said Green. “We’ve been here for at least 40 something years.”
Green’s daughter was also in attendance with her at the parade with her two sons.
“Seeing the turnout for it and just everyone coming to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend and enjoy the weather,” said Jackson.
“This is Elijah’s first parade,” said Green as she bounced her baby boy in her lap.
‘It’s about honoring them’
Larry Sherfey served in the United States Army for four years between 1967 and 1971.
“I’m a Carroll County native, I’m a Carroll County veteran, this is a parade that I’ve been familiar with ever since I was a young child, so I come here and watch the parade,” said Sherfey. “Honor those who served and honor those who didn’t come back.”
Even though Sherfey lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, now, he has been coming to the parade every year since he was about 12 and he’s about to turn 70. He has had a nephew, brother, uncles and cousins that have served in the armed forces.
“It’s about honoring them, you know?” said Sherfey.
‘These people died for future generations’
Katherine Adelaide, of the Carroll County Republican Central Committee, attended the parade not only to honor those that have served and currently serve but also to advocate for future generations.
Adelaide was advocating for the veto of HB1271, a bill that funds abortions, according to Adelaide.
“I’m just out here today to ask people to be more aware of the difference between – this is a taxing and funding bill,” said “I asked Gov. Hogan to please veto this bill and he didn’t do that… he ran as a Republican on the Republican ticket and our platform says we don’t fund abortions so I’m just asking citizens to hold him accountable.”
“When he said, ‘these people died for future generations’ those are the preborn babies also,” said Adelaide referencing the keynote speaker. “I’m here to remember our people who sacrificed their lives and also remember what they sacrificed. When a baby is destroyed, it doesn’t just destroy that baby, it destroys an entire generation.”
Adelaide’s father served in World War II and passed away in September at the age of 95.
“I’m very proud of him too.”
‘We commemorate the soldiers’
Richard Santos, past National Commander, delivered the keynote address at the 152nd Memorial Day Observance held after the parade.
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“We commemorate the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in battles to win and preserve our freedom,” said Santos. “Many of them were young men and women who did not live long enough to fully experience the privileges they fought to uphold.”