HURON — On Saturday, Dec. 15, members of the Huron area community will gather together to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.
The NWCA Great Plains 308 has volunteered to conduct the WAA ceremony this year at the Restlawn Memory Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 15, starting at noon. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served, honor their sacrifices, and teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms.
“This year we are excited to welcome the South Dakota Patriot Guard Riders to the ceremony,” said Great Plains President Louise Van Poll. “We wish to invite any other veterans groups to be a part of this program, too.”
Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will be placed on memorials during a ceremony that will be coordinated at more than 750 participating locations all across the country as part of the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.
The Wreaths Across America story began more than 20 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine, initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of our nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. Recognition of the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families is especially poignant during the traditional holiday season.
Worcester Wreath Company continues to be a major supporter of the project, donating more than 30,000 total wreaths in 2011. Wreaths will be placed in all 50 states and at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.
For more information, contact Van Poll at 354-2397.
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