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2016 Memorial Day Parade and Observance Ceremony




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Remembrance Parade and Observance Ceremony Information:

The 149th Memorial Day Parade will take place in downtown Westminster on Monday, May 30th at 10 a.m. 

The Parade starts on Pennsylvania Avenue and ends on Church Street at the Westminster Cemetery. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. in the cemetery.


Westminster's Memorial Day History:

Memorial Day, initially called Decoration Day, was instituted as a national day of remembrance for those who gave their lives during the Civil War. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan and was first observed on 30 May 1868, by placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

After World War I, the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting the Civil War to honoring all Americans who died fighting in any war.

Carroll County's tradition began in the spring of 1868 with a parade led by Miss Mary Shellman, then 16 years old. According to a parade brochure, Miss Shellman organized children from Westminster Elementary School and St. John's Elementary School to cut flowers from their gardens, meet at Main and Center Streets, and proceed to the Westminster Cemetery to place flowers on the graves of the Union soldiers.

The observance continued under her direction until the American Legion Carroll Post #31, Westminster, upon her personal request and trust, accepted responsibility for organizing and conducting the parade.

This has been a tradition that has been cherished and respected by the American Legion ever since.


For more information, contact Paul Emmert @ post31cdr@gmail.com