Fishburne Military honors veterans with Wreaths Across America ceremony

Pinckney Again To Honor Veterans With Memorial Wreaths

The Fallbrook troop, in keeping with their mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country, has adopted the Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery for the 2017 National Wreaths Across America Day. This is the first year that the cemetery will participate in this national event around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Each December, on National Wreaths Across America Day, there are coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., and at more than 1,200 additional locations in all 50 states, at sea, and overseas. Wreaths Across America had come to East Brunswick, and our township wholeheartedly participated in this excursion to honor America's fallen heroes.

Similar ceremonies will be held on the same day at Arlington National Cemetery as well as 1,200 additional locations across the United States, at sea and overseas. "Pursuit of that interest led us to spend time exploring the cemetery, and we realized how many USA veterans have service-marked gravesites there representing all wars from the Civil War to Iraq and Afghanistan".

"We are not here to 'decorate graves, '" said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. Soon after, organizations around the United States began arranging for wreaths to be placed at gravesites of deceased local soldiers.

Wreaths Across America of Bay County raised more than $16,000 to lay wreaths this season.

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"You don't have to have a family member or friend buried there, just place a wreath at a designated veteran burial, and follow the tradition of saying aloud the name of the veteran, so that he/she is not forgotten", Brophy said.

But on Thursday, the nonprofit Wreaths Across America announced it had met its goal - with some timely aid from the public. The ceremony will take place at Memorial Cemetery.

Individuals have ordered wreaths to place in towns like Cushing and Perkins even if ceremonies aren't scheduled for those locations.

In addition to this effort, DOLL also holds a variety of historical-related programs throughout the year, including the Colonial Trolley Tour of Historic White Plains where participants visit sites where the 1776 Battle of White Plains was fought, the courthouse where the Declaration of Independence was read in 1776 and the Elijah Miller House on Virginia Road in North White Plains.

The sight of a veterans cemetery filled with wreaths can be moving, she said.

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