Wreaths Across America to Visit Salisbury Dec. 14th

Saturday, December 16th at 12 p.m. Mountain Home National Cemetery is hosting a "Wreaths Across America" ceremony.

Working with Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, Worcester made arrangements for wreaths to be placed at Arlington Cemetery.

Unable to donate thousands of wreaths to each state, Worcester began sending seven wreaths to every state, one for each branch of the military, and for POW/MIAs. Members of the local society of the Children of the American Revolution will place remembrance wreaths on the headstones.

This is the fifth year the school has been chosen as a location to hold the ceremony.

According to organizer Dana Gray, this marks the 11th year for local CAP squadrons to participate in the event.

It's all part of the annual Wreaths Across America convoy. The organization's goal of covering Arlington National Cemetery was met in 2014 with the placement of 226,525 wreaths.

Wreaths Across America is free and open to the public.

National nonprofit Wreaths Across America has announced that Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredonia, at 55 Lambert Ave., will be joining in the effort to support the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, as an official location for 2017.

Wreaths Across America also conducts several programs to honor our veterans, including the popular "Thanks a Million" campaign which distributes cards to people all over the country to give veterans a simple "thank you" for their service.

While the entire county was covered in 2014 and 2015, with over 5,000 graves at 28 cemeteries, it cost around $50,000, with much of that coming out of the veterans service office's budget.

  • Marlene Weaver