Hur­lock group wants to dec­o­rate ev­ery grave at vet­er­ans cemetery for Christ­mas

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­record.com

HUR­LOCK — A group of lo­cal women are seek­ing do­na­tions for enough wreaths to dec­o­rate each of the more than 7,000 graves in the Eastern Shore Vet­er­ans Cemetery out­side Hur­lock this com­ing holiday sea­son.

The women spoke at Hur­lock’s mayor and coun­cil meet­ing Mon­day, March 12, to ask the town for a do­na­tion and to spread the in­for­ma­tion on how other busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als can also help.

Lynn Ri­ley said the wreaths are pro­vided by Wreaths Across Amer­ica, a na­tional pro­gram ad­min­is­tered in Mary­land by the Fed­er­ated Gar­den Clubs of Mary­land.

The wreaths are $15 each. For ev­ery two spon­sored by a lo­cal in­di­vid­ual or busi­ness, Wreaths Across Amer­ica will pro­vide one free.

Ri­ley said her group is look­ing for enough do­na­tions to spon­sor 5,000 wreaths. With the ad­di­tional 2,500 free wreaths, there will be enough to cover all 7,200 graves in the cemetery.

Last Christ­mas, only 1,300 wreaths were placed in the cemetery, Ri­ley said.

All of the women in the group have fam­ily mem­bers buried in the cemetery, Ri­ley said. When they found out last year the cemetery did not get enough wreaths to place one on each grave, they de­cided to help honor all of the ser­vice­men and ser­vice­women buried there.

This is the first year the group is ask­ing nearby towns for do­na­tions. In ad­di­tion to Hur­lock, Ri­ley said they would ap­proach Sec­re­tary, East New Mar­ket, Pre­ston and Fed­er­als­burg of­fi­cials.

Coun­cil­man Earl Mur­phy made a mo­tion to do­nate $1,500, enough to spon­sor 100 wreaths and get an­other 50 wreaths free.

Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor John Avery said the do­na­tion can be in­cluded in the Fis­cal Year 2019 bud­get.

Do­na­tions will be col­lected through

Nov. 15.

Any­one in­ter­ested in mak­ing a do­na­tion may do so on­line at www.wreath­sacrossamer­ica.org. En­ter group ID num­ber MD0016 or lo­ca­tion ID num­ber MDESVH to make sure the do­na­tion goes to­ward the pur­chase of wreaths for the Eastern Shore Vet­er­ans Cemetery.

Do­na­tions may also be made by check, writ­ten out to Wreaths Across Amer­ica TM, and mailed to Lynn Ri­ley at 206 Thomp­son St., Hur­lock, MD 21643.

For more in­for­ma­tion, Ri­ley may be reached at 410-330-5452.

Ri­ley said the group is also look­ing for vol­un­teers to help place the wreaths Satur­day, Dec. 15.

Wreaths Across Amer­ica be­gan in 2007 at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Cemetery. This year, on Dec. 15, des­ig­nated Na­tional Wreaths Across Amer­ica Day, vol­un­teers will place wreaths on graves at more than 1,200 lo­ca­tions across the U.S., dur­ing cer­e­monies at sea and at ever y na­tional ceme­ter y on for­eign soil. Also at the meet­ing:

• The coun­cil ap­proved three or­di­nances in­tro­duced at the pre­vi­ous meet­ing: One that will re­quire train­ing for the mayor and coun­cil mem­bers, an­other that re­quires res­i­dents to re­move grass clip­pings from streets and side­walks and a third that will set a tax abate­ment for ren­o­vated com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

The coun­cil agreed to ta­ble a fourth or­di­nance con­cern­ing the use of ath­letic equip­ment on or near pub­lic ways.

• Mayor Mike Henr y asked the coun­cil mem­bers to sub­mit names for two newly cre­ated ad­di­tional po­si­tions on the town’s ethics com­mis­sion. An or­di­nance ex­pand­ing the com­mis­sion from three to five mem­bers was ap­proved ear­lier this year and re­cently went into ef­fect.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Past and present U.S. mil­i­tary mem­bers lay wreaths at the 2017 Me­mo­rial Day cer­e­mony at the Eastern Shore Vet­er­ans Cemetery at Beu­lah near Hur­lock.

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