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VIA donates to Washington Crossing National Cemetery

The Veterans Committee of the Village Improvement Association (VIA) of Doylestown recently donated $500 to the Washington Crossing National Cemetery to help with sod replacement and tree/shrub purchases planned for this spring.

The committee has been working with Mr. Greg Whitney, the Director of the National Cemetery, for the last three years to assist with the Cemetery’s annual landscaping upgrades. As Mr. Whitney explained, they are replacing original plantings that did not do well over the last few years, or that became unsightly over the winter.

The Cemetery recently hired an arborist to oversee selections of new plantings, including new trees and hardy, evergreen shrubs. The committee is providing support to several other local military/veterans charities, including purchase of grocery and gas gift cards for the Horsham Air Guard Station’s Family Readiness programs, delivering supplies for the base’s recently expanded food pantry, and providing donations to the US War Dogs Association.

The charity is always consulted about its needs, and the committee purchases and delivers these selected items when possible. On an ongoing basis, the VIA’s Veterans Committee also collects paperback books for VA hospitals and deployed military, and sponsors free ‘get well’ cards for veterans hospitalized at Doylestown Hospital.

PHOTO CAP: Pictured from left, Maureen Marron (VIA), Mr. Greg Whitney (Director, Washington Crossing NC), Jan Cope and Pat Shire (VIA).