Carroll County will celebrate Memorial Day with several observances:
Uniontown Improvement Association will sponsor a small Memorial Day parade and memorial service beginning at 2:30 p.m. today at the Lutheran Church parking lot.
The service is organized by resident Dave Bennett, who served in Vietnam.
Bennett said the parade will include the Marines Corps league color guard and himself.
"We usually pick people up as we go along," he said. "I'll make a few remarks at the Lutheran Cemetery, and then everyone is welcome to join us at our house for lemonade and cookies."
American Legion Post 31 of Westminster will once again conduct one of the oldest Memorial Day observances in the country tomorrow.
The annual Memorial Day Parade will start at 10 a.m. from Pennsylvania Avenue at Monroe Street, and move east onto Main Street to Church Street and to the Westminster Cemetery.
The parade will feature Harry Emigh Jr. as parade marshal, veterans organizations, service clubs, Scout troops, Civil Air Patrol of Carroll County and Civil War re-enaetors.
This 133rd observance will include an honorary parade marshal, Joseph Farinholt, a member of the 29th Division and decorated combat veteran of D-Day in World War II.
About 200 children from the St. John School will mark the participation of youths in the first Memorial Day observance in 1868.
The memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m., featuring retired Army Lt. Col. Ronald T. Hollingsworth as speaker. He received numerous decorations while serving combat duty in Vietnam for two years.
Sykesville American Legion Memorial Post 223 will hold its annual Memorial Day observance at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the post home, 7327 Slacks Road.
Robert M. Johnson, past Department of Maryland commander, will speak.
An artillery salute by the 29th Division National Guard based in Westminster will honor those who died in the service of their country.
The post's scholarship winners, Cara Lessels and Andrius Vaskys, will present readings
The service will conclude with the playing of taps by Boy Scout Jarad Schneiderman of Troop 224.
Refreshments will be served afterward. The public is welcome.
American Legion Post 191 will hold its 54th annual Memorial Day observance at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Pine Grove Chapel on South Main Street, Mount Airy.
The flag will be raised, then lowered to half-staff. A patriotic service inside the chapel will consist of prayers, songs and an address by Department Commander and Gold Star member Alfred Schmidt.
Afterward, two wreaths will be laid at the two monuments in front of the chapel.
A luncheon will be held at the post home on Prospect Road after the services.
The community is welcome to attend.