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Monday, May 13, 2013

Boy Scouts clean up Annandale cemetery

More than 20 members of Boy Scout Troop 150, along with siblings and parents, helped Michael Paladino with his Eagle Scout project to clean up the graves and fence at the cemetery at the Annandale United Methodist Church (AUMC) on Columbia Pike.

Paladino, an eighth-grader at Glasgow Middle School, said the scouts are fixing up the cemetery so it will look nice for a Memorial Day ceremony there conducted by American Legion Post 1776.

Paladino selected the cemetery for his Eagle Scout project because he wanted to give back to AUMC, which has hosted the troop for many years. One of the troop’s former scoutmasters, John Walter Mercer, is buried there. Troop 150 is one of the oldest Boy Scout troops in the country. It is planning an 85th anniversary celebration next fall at Mason District Park.

There are actually lots of old cemeteries in the Mason area that need to be restored.

Michael Paladino (second from left) with fellow scouts from Troop 150.

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