Special Memorial Day Programming
Join us from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Monday, May 25th for special Memorial Day programming online and on cable channel 19 and HD-1086.
153rd Memorial Day Remembrance
The Community Media Center, (CMC) in partnership with The American Legion - Carroll Post 31 will present a special Memorial Day Remembrance Program starting at 10:00 AM on cable Channel HD 1086, and Channel 19.
“Connecting our community is at the heart of CMC’s mission,” said Gerard Hart, Board Chair of the Community Media Center. “On this day, we all come together to honor and remember those brave men and women who gave up their lives to keep our country free. CMC is proud to once again be an integral part of Carroll County’s Memorial Day Observance; helping to ensure that stories and sacrifice of our local service members are never forgotten.”
Due to the social distancing requirements of COVID-19, Westminster’s traditional Memorial Day Parade was cancelled. However, the Memorial Day Observance Ceremony has been redesigned to include virtual and recorded presentations.
“The logistical challenges of COVID-19 caused us to embrace new technologies and adopt new methods for television production,” said Richard Turner, Executive Director of the Community Media Center. “The CMC staff is totally committed and won’t let a pandemic prevent us from remembering our neighbors, our friends or our family members who gave their lives in service to our country.”
Paul J. Emmert, Sr. Past Commander, Carroll Post #31 American Legion and Memorial Day Ceremonies Chairman said, “The Memorial Day Observance is a time-honored tradition for Carroll Post #31 American Legion, and also the community, honoring and remembering those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. With this in mind, and even with the pandemic that has pretty much shut down the state, we didn't want Memorial Day to pass without the recognition it is due. This year will be our 153rd consecutive observance of Memorial Day, and even though we had to cancel the actual parade, we have put together a wonderful ceremony and observance.”
The Memorial Day Remembrance program will feature opening remarks by Paul J. Emmert and a blessing by Phil Luster, Chaplain of Carroll Post #31, American Legion. The National Anthem will be sung by Abby Otradove and Carroll Post #31 Commander Adrian Gamboa will give the Memorial Day address. The program will include taps and echo, filmed Westminster Cemetery and a closing prayer. The program will also include video submissions from Carroll County residents on "What Memorial Day Means to Me" along with a Memorial Day message from Carroll County Commissioner, Ed Rothstein.
Additional Features include:
The 2020 Hampstead American Legion Memorial Day Service with Carroll County Commissioner, Richard Weaver.
A Memorial Day message from Carroll County Commissioner, Stephen Wantz
A compilation of submitted Memorial Day artwork from Carroll County public school students
A special re-broadcast of "Letters to Home" featuring letters from soldiers lost during war to their families here in Carroll County.
The Carroll County History Project presents interviews from the Veteran Oral History Collection as a tribute to local veterans we have lost.