Memorial Day weekend in Carroll County: New memorial to be dedicated at Springfield Cemetery in Sykesville

A memorial to veterans in Springfield Cemetery will be dedicated Saturday, May 25.
A memorial to veterans in Springfield Cemetery will be dedicated Saturday, May 25. (Courtesy photo)

At the historic Springfield Cemetery in Sykesville during this Memorial Day weekend, a new memorial will be dedicated to all veterans interred there — one of many observations of the holiday in Carroll County.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, rain or shine. It will include the recitation of the names of the more than 120 veterans who were laid to final rest at Springfield Cemetery. Clergy and community leaders will give remarks before the laying of a wreath and the playing of taps.


C. Todd Brown, president of the cemetery’s Board of Trustees, said in a news release, “Several years ago the Trustees moved to establish a memorial within the Cemetery, that recognized their contributions and sacrifices. The design of the Memorial evolved to a plaza area, surrounded by two low garden walls, with a trio of flagpoles and landscaping.”

The cemetery was founded in the 1830s.


Eagle Scout candidates from Troop 716 completed construction of the memorial in three phases with support from their fellow Scouts. The Scouts will present the flag set to the cemetery during the ceremony Saturday.

Guests of the dedication should plan to park at the neighboring Springfield Presbyterian Church, as parking within the cemetery will be limited to those with special needs. The dedication is open to the community regardless of affiliation to those being recognized.

Brown said, “The Dedication is but one day; the Memorial and what it commemorates, endures forever. This is a singular time of celebration for our community.”

For more information, contact Brown at 410-876-1851 or Jan Carter, project chair, at 443-253-3748.

Soon after his high school graduation, Leonard Kirk was drafted in the U.S. Army to fight in World War II. On this Memorial Day, he'll speak in Westminster.

Also on Saturday, American Legion Post No. 223 in Sykesville will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the Freedom Park Veterans Memorial.

Attendees will gather starting at 7:30 a.m. and the ceremony will begin at 8 a.m., as they move to place flags and lay wreaths throughout the area. Then on Monday, May 27, there will be a Memorial Day ceremony at the American Legion hall, at 7327 Slacks Road in Sykesville, at 11 a.m.

For more information, call 410-795-7242 or visit www.americanlegion223.com.

The Monocacy Valley Memorial Post 6918, Taneytown/Harney, will also hold annual Memorial Day observance services Saturday, in front of the post’s Memorial Wall at 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 26

On Sunday, the Pleasant Valley community will once again gather at St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ, at 1427 Pleasant Valley Road, at 1:45 p.m. for its annual Memorial Day service.

Townsfolk, accompanied by the Wm. F. Myers and Sons Band will be escorted from the church by the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company for the half-mile walk to the Pleasant Valley Cemetery at 1900 Pleasant Valley Road South.

The Carroll County Veterans Independence Project announced Tuesday it will no longer be considering the vacant U.S. Army Reserve building on Malcolm Drive in Westminster for its veterans service center.

This year’s speaker, according to the longstanding event organizer, Angela Bowersox, is Libby Fuss, who will talk about her book, “A Faithful Soldier Writes Home.” After her mother died, Fuss found letters written by her dad, Lester Plume, to her mother during World War II. His letters gave a first-hand account of what it was like during the war on the front lines. “A Faithful Soldier Writes Home” is based on these letters.

The Church of the Open Door invites the public to its annual Memorial Day services. They start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Interpretation for deaf guests and nursery services will be provided at each.

The choir will sing a special selection, Will Albaugh will play taps and Pastor Brian Jung will give a reading.

For more information, call 410-876-3838 or visit opendoorchurch.org.

Monday, May 27 — Memorial Day

The annual service held by American Legion Gold Star Post 191 in Mount Airy will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Pine Grove Chapel, at 787 S. Main St.

Members of the American Legion Gold Star Post 191 Auxiliary Unit and SAL Squadron organized the service to recognize those killed on 9/11 and all those who have served the country, according to a news release.

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.

Union Bridge VFW Post No. 8806, at 15 Penrose St., will host a Memorial Day service at 6 p.m. Monday in front of the VFW war memorials. The service is open to the public.

For more information, contact the VFW post at 410-775-2160.

New Windsor’s Memorial Day observance will be held Sunday, May 26, at 6 p.m. at the New Windsor Presbyterian Church at 200 Church St.

The long-running annual Memorial Day parade in Westminster will be held once again Monday.

It steps off at 10 a.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue and ends on Church Street at the Westminster Cemetery, where a Memorial Day service will be held. For more information, visit www.carrollpost31.org or contact 410-857-7953.

Later that day, the Molleville Farm VFW Post No. 467 in Westminster will host a service Monday in its outside pavilion at 1 p.m.

Leonard Kirk, a 95-year-old U.S. Army veteran and Eldersburg resident, will give the keynote address. He served as a combat medic and was a prisoner of war in Germany for eight months during World War II.

For more information, call 410-848-9888 or visit www.vfwpost467.org.

Kevin Dayhoff contributed to this report.