Mankato is one of the Minnesota Wing's partnering again this year with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit initiative that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the yearend holiday season.
“Our mission is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “Thousands of CAP members participate each year to help us do just that, and with CAP’s help this project has continued to see remarkable growth.”
This year, in tribute to the 25 million men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces — guarding and preserving America’s freedom throughout history — wreaths from Worcester Wreath Co. in Harrington, Maine, will be placed on over 200,000 veterans’ graves at more than 500 cemetery or memorial sites in all 50 states and 24 foreign locations.
WAA 2012 kicks off with a wreath presentation ceremony held at the state capitol Monday, Dec. 10. The nationally coordinated wreath-laying will take place the following Saturday, Dec. 15, as thousands of wreaths are placed on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery and numerous ceremonies held at many of Arlington’s memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknowns. Several other ceremonies will be held later that day, including one at war memorials along the National Mall. Simultaneous ceremonies will be held throughout the day at veterans’ cemeteries and memorials nationwide and abroad.
“Each year, we look forward to the opportunities provided by Wreaths Across America,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Charles L. Carr Jr. “Laying the wreaths is an honor to our veterans, a service to our communities and a learning experience for our cadets and officers.”
For their part in the one-day wreath-laying memorial, members of the Minnesota Civil Air Patrol will place donated wreaths at veteran gravesites of the event’s registered cemeteries, as well as provide color and honor guards at ceremonies conducted at state cemeteries and war memorials.
those who serve;
our children the value of freedom
Wreath laying ceremony to take place December 15, 2012 11:00 AM CST
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