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Vets remembered during holidays

Wreaths Across America to be held at cemetery in Glennville

POSTED: December 4, 2012 7:00 a.m.
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A Wreaths Across America ceremony is slated for noon Saturday, Dec. 15, at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville.

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Southeast Georgia residents can honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.

The Bonaventure Society, Children of the American Revolution, which began sponsoring the annual ceremony in 2008, will conduct this year’s ceremony at noon Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who served and to honor their sacrifices.

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 nation. Wreaths also will be placed at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.

In 2012, it is projected that more than 400,000 wreaths will be placed nationwide by more than 150,000 volunteers as part of the organization’s mission.

Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization, began more than 20 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine, initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.

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