Memorial Day salute

ROCK HALL — While final preparations were being made for the annual Tea Party Festival parade in Chestertown on Saturday morning, May 25, about 13 miles down the road in Rock Hall, members of Sgt. Preston Ashley American Legion Post 228 were placing American flags at the gravesites of veterans — dating as far back as a soldier who fought for the Union in the Civil War.

This is a yearly event for Post 228, which currently is under the leadership of Commander Eve Heath.

In observance of Memorial Day, members of Post 228 annually mark about 700 graves in 10 cemeteries in the Rock Hall area, which include private family plots in Piney Neck and Eastern Neck.

The two cemeteries in that area that have the largest number of veterans are located at Old St. Paul’s Church near Sandy Bottom with about 250 and Wesley Chapel in Rock Hall with about 285, according to Larry Crouch, a life member of Post 228 and a former county commander of the American Legion in Kent.

Post 228 members also mark graves in the church cemeteries of Aaron Chapel, Asbury United Methodist, Edesville Church, Mount Pleasant and St. John’s.

All photographs were taken by Trish McGee.



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