Local veterans remembered during the holidays

Dec. 13, 2012 @ 09:37 PM

Members of the Broadway community will gather Saturday to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.

The American Heritage Girls Troop NC1715 has volunteered to conduct the WAA ceremony this year at the North Carolina Veterans Memorial in Broadway starting at noon. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served, honor their sacrifices, and teach the younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms, according to a Wreaths Across America press release.

Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will be placed on memorials during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at more than 750 participating locations all across the country.

In 2012 it is projected that over 400,000 wreaths will be placed nationwide, by over 150,000 volunteers as part of the Wreaths Across America mission, the release states.

The Wreaths Across America initiative began more than 20 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine, initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of the nation’s fallen military men and women at Arlington National Cemetery.

“Recognition of the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and their families, is especially poignant during the traditional holiday season,” the release states.

Worcester Wreath Company donated a reported 30,000-plus wreaths in 2011. More than 400,000 wreaths will be sponsored by individuals, businesses and groups from communities nationwide, according to the release, and wreaths will be placed in all 50 states from Maine to Alaska and Hawaii, and at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.

Those who would like to sponsor a wreath, or would like more information about the local event, please contact Carmen Ledford at ahg@theledfords.com.