Bladensburg plans to place a large stone tablet near the Peace Cross to honor those who died during the Vietnam and Korean wars.
The Peace Cross, a memorial to World War I casualties, is located at the intersection of Bladensburg and Annapolis roads.
The Town Council last week approved plans for the marble and granite memorial, which will carry an inscription honoring the dead. Final approval must be given by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission because the site is on park land.
Town Administrator Eric Morsicato said the town hopes donations from civic organizations and residents will cover the memorial's $8,100 cost. The memorial was proposed by the Bladensburg Promotion Committee.
The town had expected to have the memorial finished before Nov. 11, Veteran's Day, but could not collect the money in time, Mayor Susanna Cristofane said.
"We have the ideal site down in that Peace Cross area. And we are hoping to get the memorial finished as soon as we can," Cristofane said. "There were a good many men from this area who were involved there in Korea and Vietnam , and some lost their lives there. It's a matter of honoring them, even those that weren't killed."
Although the Peace Cross itself honors those who fought in World War I, the Peace Cross area already includes a second, smaller memorial to World War II casualties. The newest memorial, 10 feet high, four feet wide and a foot thick, will be close to the memorial to those who died in World War II.