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Byron to be Memorial Day parade marshal


Rep. Beverly B. Byron, D-6th, will be the honorary parade marshal for the Westminster Memorial Day parade Monday. Westminster resident Harry Emigh Jr., a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, will lead the parade.

Joseph Walsh, a county resident and Pentagon reporter for NBC Radio, will give an address during a program after the parade. Walsh covered the Persian Gulf war and the fall of the Soviet government in Moscow.

The parade will form at 9 a.m. at Belle Grove Square and start at 10 a.m. on a downtown route to the Westminster Cemetery.

Byron will present an American flag for a new flag pole at the cemetery to be dedicated in memory of F. Kale Mathias and Atlee W. Wampler Jr. American Legion Cmdr. Wayne Spencer will accept the flag on behalf of Carroll Post 31.

The observance is the 125th organized by the Westminster Memorial Day Committee.

Several other groups plan related services, including:

* Several community organizations will participate in a service and walk Sunday from St. Matthew's Church to Pleasant Valley Cemetery, where flowers will be placed on graves of veterans.

The William F. Myers Band will accompany marchers on the 1:45 p.m. walk. The service is planned for 2:30 p.m. Information: 848-1549.

* American Legion Post 223 on Slacks Road in Sykesville will have a memorial service at noon Monday featuring several guest speakers and an artillery salute by the Maryland National Guard.

Information: 795-7242.

* Union Bridge has its annual Memorial Day Parade through town. Marchers line up at 6 p.m. Monday at the VFW Hall.

* Carroll government offices will be closed Monday and will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Schools and Board of Education offices will be closed Monday, as will all district and circuit courts.

* Town offices around the county will be closed Monday. In addition, regular Monday meetings have been postponed including: the Mount Airy Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, held last Monday; the Sykesville Town Council, which will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday; and the Hampstead Planning and Zoning Commission, which will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

* American Legion Gold Star Post 191 will sponsor a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Grove Chapel, 711 S. Main St.

Post Chaplain Andrew Mason will preside, and a Marine officer will deliver the keynote address.

Those who attend are invited to a light lunch immediately following the 45-minute service at the post, 24 Prospect Road.

Town offices will be closed May 25. A Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for that night was held last week.

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