Hon­or­ing vet­er­ans at Christ­mas

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Sid­ney O. Mar­cus III, Wal­dorf The writer is the chair of the Charles County Right to Life and a U.S. Army Ranger Viet­nam vet­eran.

With the 75th an­niver­sary of the bomb­ing of Pearl Har­bor rapidly ap­proach­ing (and 492 World War II vet­er­ans are dy­ing ev­ery day), one way to honor our de­ceased vet­er­ans is to par­tic­i­pate in Wreaths Across Amer­ica (WAA). WAA is an an­nual event dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son where wreaths are placed on graves of U.S. vet­er­ans. (For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.wreath­sacrossamer­ica.org.)

Charles County Right to Life is work­ing again with WAA this year to place wreaths at the graves of vet­er­ans buried at the Chel­tenham Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery.

The wreath lay­ing cer­e­mony starts at noon on Satur­day, Dec. 17, at the main build­ing near the entrance. It in­cludes a color guard, short speech and the lay­ing of seven wreaths to honor the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Mer­chant Ma­rine and POW/MIA. The re­main­ing wreaths are then handed out for the pur­chasers to place on the graves.

If you or­der a wreath through Charles County Right to Life but can’t at­tend the cer­e­mony, we will place the wreath on the des­ig­nated grave for you. If you do not have a des­ig­nated grave, we will place it on an­other vet­eran’s grave. Even if you don’t pur­chase a wreath, you may still want to at­tend the cer­e­mony and help place wreaths to honor our de­ceased U.S. vet­er­ans who de­fended our coun­try.

The wreaths are $15 each, with $5 of that go­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion that sold them. Or­ders should be in by Nov. 27, but we may have ex­tras avail­able. Con­tact Robert Boudreaux at 301-638-7042 or boodro6@ com­cast.net to or­der a wreath.

If you know of some­one who has a rel­a­tive or friend buried at Chel­tenham but doesn’t know of WAA or isn’t liv­ing in the area, we would ap­pre­ci­ate it if you would tell them about this pro­gram. Thank you in ad­vance.

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