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First Wreaths Across America in Mars a success

County Commissioner Kim Geyer takes a moment to observe a veteran’s grave on Saturday at Mars Cemetery on Seekford Lane in Adams Township, where she laid a wreath during Wreaths Across America. Submitted photo
A Civil War soldier who was laid to rest in Mars Cemetery received a Christmas wreath on Saturday as part of Wreaths Across America. Submitted photo
Boy Scout Troop 400 of Mars laid wreaths in four Mars area cemeteries on Saturday as part of Wreaths Across America. Participating were, front row, from left, Nathan Kramer, William Beasley and Liam Duff; and back row, from left, Evan Connolly, Chester Harsch, Jacob Noe, Jack Riggio, Logan Balfour and scout leader Mark Riggio. Submitted photo

More than 150 volunteers participated in Wreaths Across America in four Mars-area cemeteries on Saturday, Dec. 16 for the first time.

Bridget Miller, coordinator of the program in Mars, said volunteers first went to the Mars VFW Post 7507, where taps was played, a moment of silence was held for all veterans, and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

The volunteers then fanned out to Mars Cemetery on Seekford Lane in Adams Township, West Union Cemetery outside the Treesdale neighborhood, and Mount Pleasant Cemetery outside Mars in northern Allegheny County.

Miller said leftover wreaths also were laid on 40 veteran’s graves at the Mount Olive Cemetery on Three Degree Road in Adams Township.

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