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Local officials and residents honor veterans

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Cross1BLADENSBURG – On Memorial Day, the American Legion Post #131 (Colmar Manor) joined local politicians and county residents in Bladensburg to honor local veterans. The ceremony was scheduled to take place at the Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, known locally as the Peace Cross, but moved to the Bladensburg town hall due to inclement weather.

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Town councilman arrested for burglary

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BLADENSBURG – Bladensburg town councilmember Selwyn Bridgeman was arrested on May 12 on burglary charges. According to the Fairfax County Police Department, Bridgeman, 41, allegedly tried to visit an acquaintance in an apartment complex in Fairfax, Virginia, in late January. However, he approached the wrong residence. After his acquaintance did not open the door, Bridgeman entered through an unlocked entrance.

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Council remands concrete plant

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UPPER MARLBORO – The Prince George’s County District Council remanded local company Ernest Maier’s application for a special exception for the construction of a concrete batching plant in Bladensburg back to the zoning hearing examiner on May 7.

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Peace Cross case to be appealed to the Supreme Court

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Cross1BLADENSBURG – Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, voted not to grant a rehearing en banc of a case involving the Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, locally known as the “Peace Cross.” This decision effectively upholds an October 2-1 ruling by the same court that a government agency’s maintenance of the memorial violates the separation of church and state.

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Local leaders think World War I memorial “Peace Cross” should stay

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Cross2BLADENSBURG – A marble and cement cross stands 40 feet tall in Bladensburg at the intersection of Route 450 and Alternate U.S. 1.

It bears a bronze plaque with the names of the 49 men from Prince George’s County who died in World War I, along with a quote from President Woodrow Wilson. Along each side of the base are the words, “Valor,” “Endurance,” “Courage,” and “Devotion.”

Although a U.S. Appeals Court found that the state’s maintenance of the cross, known as the Peace Cross, is unconstitutional, local officials hope the memorial will remain for years to come.

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