Events around Carroll County set to honor Memorial Day

Veterans from American Legion Carroll Post 31 set out to place American Flags at the grave markers of veterans at a number cemeteries in Carroll ahead of Memorial Day.

Events around Carroll this weekend will honor members of the military who have lost their lives in service.

Memorial Day, recognized on the last Monday in May, will fall on May 28 this year. Here are some of the major events planned around the county for the weekend.



One of the county’s oldest traditions, the annual Westminster Memorial Day Parade, which recognized its 150th year in 2017, will be held Monday beginning at 10 a.m.

The parade starts this year on Pennsylvania Avenue and ends on Church Street at the Westminster Cemetery.


A solemn memorial service will be held in the cemetery beginning at 11 a.m.

This year marks the 51st time Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens has hosted a Memorial Day Ceremony to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty. The ceremony, which include speeches, wreath-laying and a 21-gun salute, will begin at 10 a.m. in Dulaney Valley’s Circle of the Immortals.

Pleasant Valley

The 100th doocumented observance of Memorial Day in Pleasant Valley is scheduled for Sunday, May 27.

Participants will assemble at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Pleasant Valley volunteer fire company fire hall, 2030 Pleasant Valley Road, and walk to the ceremony in Pleasant Valley Cemetary to place flags on veterans’ graves. This will be followed by a service at the cemetery and continued celebrations at the fire hall including speakers and light refreshments.

Participants are invited to dress in fashions and military uniforms from the past 100 years.



The Hampstead American Legion Post 200 and town of Hampstead will be hosting a Monday service at the Hampstead War Memorial, located on Main Street. The memorial lists 1,559 names.

The service begins at 9 a.m. and is open to all. Legion Commander Bill Nash will open the ceremony, and Col. Charles Kohler, Carroll County Commissioner Richard Weaver, Mayor Christopher Nevin and state Sen. Justin Ready will speak.


Sykesville American Legion Memorial Post No. 223 will host a program Monday at 11 a.m. at the post, 7327 Slacks Road. Post Commander Brent Barnes will speak.

A local civil war group will fire off a cannon to recognize all those killed in service from the Civil War until the present day. The program is free and open to anyone in the community.

Mount Airy

The American Legion Gold Star Post 191 will hold a program at 11 a.m. on Monday at Pine Grove Chapel and Cemetery, 787 S. Main Street.

A lunch of ham and sides will follow at the post, 801 Prospect Road. The event is open to all in the community.

New Windsor

A Memorial Day program will be held at New Windsor Presbyterian Church, 200 Church St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27.

Elaine May-Spem, a retired sergeant major with the U.S. Marine Corps, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Some seating is available, but guests may bring lawn chairs if they prefer. The event is free and open to all.


The Honor Guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6918 will visit two local cemeteries for prayer services, honor guard and 21-gun salute at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

Following this, a service will be held at the post, 5801 Conover Road, at 4 p.m. in front of the Memorial Wall. The names of each person on the wall will be read, and wreaths will be laid at the wall.

Col. Charles Zimmerman, a veteran, faculty instructor at the U.S. Army War College and New Windsor resident, will be the keynote speaker.

At 4 p.m., the annual Good Ole Days celebration will be held in the pavilion. There will be live music, food priced like it was in the 1960s and a cake walk auction held by the Ladies Auxiliary. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the post at 410-756-6866 or Frank Rauschenberg at 240-367-6110.

On Monday, the Hesson-Snider American Legion Post 120, 9 Broad St., will hold a service at 2 p.m.

Sgt. Major Thomas Beyard of the Army National Guard will speak, and a reception will follow the ceremony.

Union Bridge

In Union Bridge, VFW Post 8806, 15 Penrose St., will host a Memorial Day service at 6 p.m. Monday in front of the VFW War Memorials. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact the VFW post at 410-775-2160.