Veterans cemeteries to receive Christmas wreaths

Veterans cemeteries to receive Christmas wreaths

The Houston chapter has been performing its wreath laying ceremony at the Houston National Cemetery on Veterans Memorial Drive for 10 years following its founding by father and son Scott and Alex deMasi. Members of the local society of the Children of the American Revolution will place remembrance wreaths on the headstones.

Jackie Reyes, administrative officer for the Houston National Cemetery, said the organization usually gets all 76,000 grave sites covered with wreaths that donors can sponsor for $15.

The Grand Island Veterans Home will host a "Wreaths Across America" ceremony in the All Faiths Chapel on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. The inspiration for the song came from his own personal feelings on what it means to be American.

Volunteers will place the wreaths at soldiers' graves.

"Two years ago, my father, who is a veteran, took me down to Arlington to participate in Wreaths Across America, and I was very moved by the experience", said Swoboda, who is now a senior at the Tome School.

While many families are preparing to gather together for the holidays this year, it's important to remember those who sacrificed everything to make sure we can enjoy the holidays with our families at all.

This is carried out through wreath laying ceremonies at all national cemeteries in all 50 states and beyond.

For more information contact Rhymes Memorial library at 728-4127.

Each December, Wreaths Across America volunteers place holiday wreaths on graves and columbaria at more than 1,200 veterans' cemeteries in all 50 USA states, at sea, and overseas to remember our fallen veterans, honor those who serve, and teach our children the value of freedom.

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