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Veterans Home to host wreath-laying ceremony on December 16

15 December 2017
Veterans Home to host wreath-laying ceremony on December 16

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

The public is welcome to attend the ceremonies, which will start at 11 a.m. and conclude with the placing of the wreaths. Preference will be given to honoring veterans and their surviving loved ones.

After the ceremony, volunteers will meet at the Nebraska Veterans Memorial Cemetery to unload more than 1,500 wreaths that were donated through a fundraiser coordinated by Mandee Lade from Grand Island Express.

The ceremony will be held at the Forest View Cemetery, Rowley Street, Winsted.

The annual tribute went on quietly for several years, until 2005, when a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet. Members of the local society of the Children of the American Revolution will place remembrance wreaths on the headstones. The organization's goal of covering Arlington National Cemetery was met in 2014 with the placement of 226,525 wreaths. The nationwide program distributes wreaths during the holidays as a tribute to Veterans laid to rest at VA national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries.

Their mission is Remember, Honor, Teach.

Wreaths Across America's volunteers are encouraged to say aloud the names of the veterans at whose graves they lay wreaths. WAA participates in veterans' events throughout the year, and has a veteran liaison on staff to work with local veterans organizations.

Six wreaths recognized veterans in each branch of military service, one wreath honored Fishburne alumni veterans and one wreath remembered those servicemen and women whose last known status was wither prisoner of war or missing in action.