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Wreaths placed on veterans' graves in Bel Air Cemetery

Volunteers placed 750 wreaths on graves of veterans Saturday at Bel Air Memorial Gardens as part of a nationwide observance of Wreaths Across America. An American Legion honor guard stands with wreaths also placed at the Bel Air War Memorial by Town Hall.
Volunteers placed 750 wreaths on graves of veterans Saturday at Bel Air Memorial Gardens as part of a nationwide observance of Wreaths Across America. An American Legion honor guard stands with wreaths also placed at the Bel Air War Memorial by Town Hall. (Erika Butler/The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Many volunteers of all ages participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremony and wreath laying ceremony to honor local deceased veterans held Saturday in Bel Air.

Organized by Harford County veterans organizations under the direction of Harford Post 39 of the American Legion in Bel Air, approximately 750 wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans in Bel Air Memorial Gardens.

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Volunteers included scout troops, families of the veterans buried in the cemetery and others who purchased wreaths to honor during the Christmas season those who served their country and have passed on.

Before the volunteers fanned out in the cemetery, a brief ceremony was held at the Bel Air War Memorial next to Town Hall, where five wreaths were placed in front of the memorial to honor each branch of service: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.

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Wreaths Across America is actually a worldwide program that seeks to place wreaths on the graves of U.S. military veterans in the United States and abroad.

Caleb Bishoff of Cub Scout Pack 899 in Fallston helps place a wreath at the veterans memorial at Bel Air Town Hall before heading to Bel Air Memorial Gardens to place wreaths on veterans' graves as part of the nationwide Wreaths Across America.
Caleb Bishoff of Cub Scout Pack 899 in Fallston helps place a wreath at the veterans memorial at Bel Air Town Hall before heading to Bel Air Memorial Gardens to place wreaths on veterans' graves as part of the nationwide Wreaths Across America. (Erika Butler / Baltimore Sun)
Nathan Barczak of Cubl Scout Pack 899 of Fallston helps place a wreath at the veterans memorial at Bel Air Town Hall before placing wreaths at veterans' graves at Bel Air Memorial Gardens Saturday.
Nathan Barczak of Cubl Scout Pack 899 of Fallston helps place a wreath at the veterans memorial at Bel Air Town Hall before placing wreaths at veterans' graves at Bel Air Memorial Gardens Saturday. (Erika Butler / Baltimore Sun)

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