April 24, 2018

Wreaths Across America events held in two spots in Enterprise

21 December 2017, 01:00 | Simon Arnold

Scene from Wreaths Across America Saturday morning at Santa Fe National Cemetery

Scene from Wreaths Across America Saturday morning at Santa Fe National Cemetery

With the help of Wreaths Across America, the Civil Air Patrol, Bennett Motor Express LLC, John Christner Trucking Inc., and hundreds of park supporters, the park received a record 3,654 wreaths this year! This year's weather was much better than last year's event hampered by icy weather.

Olympia Snowe of ME and arranged to have the wreaths placed at gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The event's goals are to remember fallen USA veterans while honoring those who serve, and teaching children the value of freedom. He said it is due to the sacrifices of the men and women who are lying in Mound View Cemetery - and other cemeteries across the nation and overseas - who gave their lives so we can live in freedom and without fear.

The Chickamauga Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the oldest DAR chapter in the area, donated 87 wreaths to the non-profit Wreaths Across America for placement on the graves of veterans buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. The troop has participated for seven years, raising money for wreaths that also serves as a fundraiser for the troop, according to troop coordinator Geraldine Erikson.

President of the Hilldale Cemetery Association Tom Spitalere told WHAV that Haverhill's cemetery was chosen as one of 1,200 locations nationwide to mark the day of remembrance.

Started in 1992 by Morrill Worcester of ME, his goal of placing a wreath on every veteran's grave in the country and beyond has become a reality with more than 100,000 wreaths placed by more than 60,000 volunteers.

And in this holiday season, their actions should stand as a reminder to all of us that each day is an opportunity to thank those who chose to serve. This year, 245,000 wreaths were placed on grave sites at Arlington alone, and a total of 1.2 million were expected to be placed on markers in 1,238 locations across the country, as well as overseas.

Thousands of people across the United States participate in the memorial, said 1st Lt. Darrell R. Smith, Commander of the Gregg County Squadron.

"It's humbling and is an honor to be able to deliver these wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery".

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