12/3/2012 10:53:00 AM Local veterans
remembered during the holidays
On Saturday, December 15, 2012, members of the Dodge County Legion, VFW and Wreaths Across America will gather together to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.
The Dodge County Wreaths Across America has volunteered to conduct the WAA ceremony this year at the Kasson North Memorial Park on Saturday December 15, 2012, starting at 11:00 a.m. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who served, honor their sacrifices and teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms.
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 over 750 participating locations all across the Country.
Currently, 189 wreaths are slated for delivery to Kasson North Memorial Park.
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 to Remember, Honor and Teach.
The Wreaths Across America story began over 20 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine, initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. Recognition of the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and their families, is especially poignant during the traditional holiday season.
Worcester Wreath Company continues to be a major supporter of the project, donating over 30,000 total wreaths in 2011. Over 400,000 wreaths will be sponsored by individuals, businesses and groups from communities nationwide. Wreaths will be placed in all 50 states from Maine to Alaska and Hawaii, and at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.
Contact Dodge County Wreaths Across America, Dick Denny at 507-259-2081 or Dale Wellik at 507-421-5674
Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a national non-profit organization that has grown quickly to encompass over 750 participating locations and 150,000+ volunteers around the Country.
The Wreaths Across America's mission is to Remember, Honor and Teach. Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve including their families who sacrifice and Teach our children the cost of freedoms we enjoy each day. It is our shared belief that ...
"The nation which forgets its defenders will soon be forgotten." Calvin Coolidge
WAA pursues its mission with nation-wide wreath-laying events amid the holiday season, and year-round educational outreach inviting all Americans to appreciate our freedoms and the cost at which they are delivered.