Vol­un­teers lay wreaths at mil­i­tary ceme­tery

Chel­tenham event one of over 1,600 cer­e­monies held an­nu­ally na­tion­wide; 8,300 laid lo­cally this year

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By PAUL LAGASSE pla­[email protected]­news.com

Heavy rains did not de­ter hun­dreds of vol­un­teers from gath­er­ing at the Chel­tenham Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery in Prince Ge­orge’s County on Satur­day morn­ing to lay over 8,300 wreaths on the graves of sol­diers in­terred there.

Cars filled the ceme- tery’s roads and along U.S. Route 301 as vol­un­teers be­gan ar­riv­ing hours in ad­vance. Across the high­way, the Brandy­wine Lions Club of­fered its field for over­flow park­ing and ran school buses to and from the ceme­tery to shut­tle vol­un­teers to the event, which was part of the na­tion­wide Wreaths Across Amer­ica pro­gram.

The cer­e­mony drew an es­ti­mated 750 to 800 people in­clud­ing ac­tive-duty and retired mil­i­tary per­son­nel, grade school stu­dents, JROTC classes and fam­i­lies whose rel­a­tives are among the 28,000 vet­er­ans in­terred at the ceme­tery.

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