"It's breathtaking. It's stunning, and you won't see too many of those at one time," Owings said.
Gerstell Academy students and volunteers laid out the 9,000 flags Friday afternoon, Fulton said.
She told the audience that as she walked through the rows of flags and talked to the students laying out each flag, she asked them what it meant. Each told her that it represented someone who died, she said.
Fulton found that she had tears in her eyes and, when she was talking to the students, she noticed some did, too.
The memorial service was originally scheduled to be outside with the flags, but rainy weather caused the event planners to go with plan B and hold it in the athletic center.
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. also spoke at the ceremony, reminding everyone that the things they get to enjoy as Americans are possible because of those who put their lives on the line.
"There's a million other things you can do as an American. You're free. You're free. You're free because of what those flags symbolize," Ehrlich said.
Ehrlich encouraged people to take a couple minutes and remember what freedoms people have as an American and thank those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country.
Volunteers set up 9,000 flags on the campus of Gerstell Academy in Finksburg for Memorial Day. The flags represent the number of Maryland soldiers who have died in combat since the start of World War II.
While Memorial Day is often celebrated with sales, drinking and cookouts, Ehrlich asked they celebrated in a different way.
"Today is appropriate to celebrate the people who died for you," he said.
Commissioner Richard Weaver, R-District 2, who attended the ceremony, asked people to remember that those who lost someone are constantly remembering them, not just on Memorial Day.
"I just want to remind everyone at 3 p.m. Monday to remember a fallen hero," Weaver said.
Weaver was joined by Carroll's other four commissioners at the ceremony, as well as Dels. Susan Krebs and Haven Shoemaker, R-District 5, Sheriff Jim DeWees and Maj. Richard Hart, of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.
DeWees said he lent deputies to help the unique event because it was a wonderful effort and he wanted to do what he could to make it run smoothly.
"[It's a] very humbling experience to see 9,000 flags. It puts everything in perspective," he said.