This weekend: Wreaths Across America aims to honor fallen veterans

Peter Castro
December 15, 2017

Local squadrons of the Civil Air Patrol will take part in Wreaths Across America on Saturday, Dec. 16, as the San Angelo Composite and Texas Leadership Charter Academy cadets lay memorial wreaths on the graves of veterans during a ceremony at Belvedere Memorial Park, located at 3504 Arden Road.

The public is welcome to support this event by honoring those who have served in one of the armed branches of the United States of America. Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington, Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country's veterans. Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington in one of the older sections of the cemetery that had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.

"Wreaths Across America" is returning to the area as the annual effort to provide wreaths for veteran graves throughout Ottawa County continues this weekend.

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"Remember, Honor, and Teach", amounts to Wreaths Across America's stated mission on its website.

Every grave at Arlington National Cemetery will be covered. The local event is held in coordination with more than 750 veterans cemeteries across the country.

The Wreaths Across America program was started in 1992 by Morrill Worcester, owner of The Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine. On these two days, we'll assist the organization at Arlington National Cemetery to place ribboned wreaths at the foot of every headstone in a touching ceremony that celebrates the lives and service of our military veterans dating back over 150 years.

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