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 year marks the 145th year of this observance, possibly the longest in the Nation; and,
Whereas, the American Legion Post No. 31 has been responsible for planning, organizing and conducting this observance for more than 90 years; and,
Whereas, the observance of Memorial Day is conducted to honor all those who served in the Armed Services of the United States, and especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.
Now Therefore, I, Mayor Kevin R. Utz, commend the American Legion Post No. 31 and all the civic, fraternal, church and youth groups, along with private citizens, for their distinguished service to the Westminster community and hereby proclaim Monday, May 28, 2012 as Westminster Memorial Day 2012 in the City of Westminster, Maryland, and call upon the citizens of Westminster to join in recognizing and observing this special occasion.
Signed at City Hall
This Fourteenth day of May
In the year Two Thousand Twelve
Kevin R. Utz Mayor