As the start of summer inches closer, many residents look forward to the long Memorial Day weekend. Many area swimming pools will open their doors. Frederick County residents may head to the area beaches or host family and friends for a backyard get-together.
However, Memorial Day is a federal holiday dedicated to remembering the ultimate sacrifices of U.S. military personnel. This year, the holiday falls on Monday, May 30.
Frederick’s Child has put together a list of Memorial Day weekend events in Frederick County where families can pay tribute and learn area history surrounding military conflicts and personnel. We also found one other event not related to the holiday, but it still might be a fun outing for the family.
Woodsboro Memorial Day Services and Parade
The Glen W. Eyler Post 282, Woodsboro American Legion, will host its annual Memorial Day services and parade on Sunday, May 29. The event is free and open to the public.
Events start at noon with a wreath laying ceremony at the town’s War Memorial. A parade featuring various area organizations including Boy Scouts, baseball teams, fire companies and military groups will start at 1:30 p.m. The route runs from Mount Hope Cemetery to Main Street and Coppermine Road, ending on Second Street. The Legion will host a memorial service at 2:45 p.m. at its facility at 101 W. Elizabeth St. In the event of rain, a decision will be made by 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Monocacy National Battlefield Park Ranger Talk
National Park Service rangers will lead a presentation called “The Last Full Measure of Devotion” on Monday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at Monocacy National Battlefield. The history and importance of Memorial Day will be discussed and participants will take part in a National Moment of Silence to honor those who have given their lives in service to the United States. The event is free and open to the public.
Known as the Battle that Saved Washington, D.C., the 1864 conflict provided a critical delay to Confederate forces who aimed to take over the nation’s capital. The battle allowed Union forces additional time to reach the district and force back Confederate troops.
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine Facebook Talk
Head to Facebook on Tuesday, May 31, at 1 p.m. for an educational talk hosted by the The National Museum of Civil War Medicine.
The site’s director of education John Lustrea will be giving a talk on the Union medical care at the Battle of Seven Pines in Virginia, which marks its 160th anniversary this year. His research looks at surgeons’ reports from those who were onsite during the battle. The free event will allow viewers to submit their questions during the livestream or in advance to [email protected]
Parkway Elementary Fun Run
Parkway Elementary School will be hosting its annual Parkway Panda 5K and 1K Fun Run on Monday, May 30. The 1K starts at 8:30 a.m., while the 5K gets underway at 9 a.m. The course starts at the Baker Park Bandshell in Frederick and follows a course around the park and area neighborhoods. The event serves as a fundraiser for the school.