Memorial Day Proclamation

Memorial Day Proclamation

Whereas, on May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a proclamation that “Decoration Day”, later to be known as “Memorial Day”, should be observed nationwide on May 30, 1868; and,

Whereas, the Memorial Day Observance in the City of Westminster, Maryland, was first started 144 years ago by Miss Mary Shellman, whose father was the Mayor of Westminster; and,

Whereas, the City of Westminster has observed Memorial Day for 144 consecutive years; and,

Whereas, this …

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Memorial Day Writing Contest Winners!

Memorial Day Writing Contest Winners!

The Memorial Day Writing Contest was promoted by English Language Arts Specialists and teachers in all of the county’s elementary schools. The students at each grade level were given the option of writing a narrative piece or a poem. In total, we received 485 entries from our elementary schools!! Wow!

All entries were judged by a panel of English Language Arts Specialists. We are very excited to recognize two students from the primary grades (K-2) and two students from the intermediate grades (3-5).

Memorial Day

Jessica Joy Pasteur
Cranberry …

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Sneak Peek into History: Re-Enactors at the Farm Museum this Memorial Day Weekend

Sneak Peek into History: Re-Enactors at the Farm Museum this Memorial Day Weekend

Here are some of the living history groups that will be at the Farm Museum this Memorial Day Weekend!

The 29th Division living History Group portraying the famed 29th Infantry Division of WWII. The 29th ID was originally composed of Maryland and Virginia National Guard units.

The ‘Up Front Alliance” living historians portray both a World War I US Army Unit and a World War II Navy “SeaBees” Unit.

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Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Old Glory Chapter 22

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Old Glory Chapter 22

Since its founding more than 80 years ago, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has been dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families. Fidelity to that mission has required DAV to respond creatively and flexibly to changing and sometimes unpredictable challenges faced by its constituency. Whether disabled veterans have needed a voice on Capitol Hill, a nationwide service program, a transportation network or unique rehabilitation opportunities, DAV has focused its attention and resources to meet those needs.

Founded in …

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Invitation to Participate in the 145th annual Memorial Day Parade

Invitation to Participate in the 145th annual Memorial Day Parade

Carroll Post #31, The American Legion, extends an invitation to the members of your organization to participate in the 145th annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies to be held in Westminster on Monday, May 28, 2012.

The ceremonies will begin with a parade that will form at 8:45 AM on Monroe Street near West Middle School and St. John’s Catholic Church.  Parade will step off at 9:30 AM.  In keeping with tradition, the participating organizations may present a wreath(s) at the Mound in the Cemetery.  The …

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American Legion Riders… Still Serving and Riding!

American Legion Riders… Still Serving and Riding!

We’re excited to include the Carroll Post 31 American Legion Riders in our 145th Memorial Day Celebration. Here’s a little bit about them…

The mission of the American Legion Riders is to participate in parades and other ceremonies which are in keeping with the Aims and Purposes of the American Legion; to promote motorcycle safety programs; and to provide a social atmosphere for American Legioners who share the same interest. The Riders use their Association to promote and support programs of the American Legion Post 31. …

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Westminster Municipal Band & Color Guard: A History

Westminster Municipal Band & Color Guard: A History

“Known all men by these presents that we A. Bailey Morelock, Clarence Mobley, George F. Morelock, Samuel J. Stone and Simon P.D. Bish being citizens of the United States all of whom are citizens of the State of Maryland residing in Carroll County do hereby certify that we do under and by Virtue of the General Laws of the State of Maryland authorizing the formation of Corporations hereby form a corporation under the name Westminster City Band of Carroll County, MD . . . . …

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United States Navy Band Sea Chanters to Perform

United States Navy Band Sea Chanters to Perform

The Carroll County Arts Council is pleased to be a part of Westminster efforts to celebrate the 145th Memorial Day Commemoration by hosting a free concert by The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters” on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 pm at the Carroll Arts Center.

The Sea Chanters chorus is the official chorus of the United States Navy and the ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from classical choral music to traditional sea chanteys to Broadway musicals!  Under the leadership of Senior Chief Musician …

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Meet the Grand Marshal & Guest Speaker: Commander Matthew W. Shipley

Meet the Grand Marshal & Guest Speaker: Commander Matthew W. Shipley

CDR Matthew W. Shipley, a 1984 Westminster High School graduate, also graduated from Navy recruit training in January 1985, Electronics Technician “A” School in October 1985, Naval Academy Preparatory School in 1987 and the United States Naval Academy in 1991.

Shipley’s tours include Assistant Platoon Commander at SEAL Team EIGHT, test article Officer-in-Charge of a Mark V Special Operations Craft (SOC) at United States Special Operations Command, Operations Officer at Special Boat Unit TWENTY, Mk V SOC Liaison Officer to Special Operations Command European Command, Naval …

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Meet the VFW’s Observance Guest Speaker: Joel Cocklin

Meet the VFW’s Observance Guest Speaker: Joel Cocklin

Joel Cocklin is a native of Westminster, Maryland. He graduated from Westminster Sr. High School in 1965, and graduated from Findlay College, Findlay, Ohio in 1969 with a Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) degree in psychology. He earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Winebrenner Theological Seminary in 1972. He completed 24 hours of post graduate work on a Masters of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) degree in homiletics at The Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA. He graduated from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS in 1990 with …

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