Published On: Thu, Dec 5th, 2013

Local Civil Air Patrol unit participating in wreath-laying salute to veterans

Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Greenbrier Composite Squadron are proud to partner once more with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that recognizes U.S. military veterans who have guarded and preserved America’s freedom by placing remembrance wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the yearend holiday season.

The ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 at 12 noon. The public is invited to join us at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville. Service will be held at the Wall of Honor behind the mausoleum followed by the laying of wreaths on the graves. Thank you for your support honoring our veteran’s service and sacrifice.

“We are able to live as we do because of the sacrifices of these men and women,” said Lt. Col. Wayne Merritt of Civil Air Patrol’s Maine Wing, who first involved CAP in Wreaths Across America. “We are able to speak freely and go as we please. We must never stop thanking our veterans. They must never be forgotten.”

By placing remembrance wreaths on the graves of military veterans during the holiday season, Wreaths Across America seeks to remember, honor and teach others about the courage and sacrifices of the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Wreaths Across America culminates this year on Dec. 14 with an estimated 10,000 volunteers placing wreaths on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery and many of Arlington’s memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknowns. Simultaneous ceremonies will be held throughout the day at 800-plus veterans’ cemetery or war memorial sites in all 50 states, as well as 20 foreign locations.

The Civil Air Patrol is the largest group fundraising for Wreaths Across America, and its members also lead or participate, often with color and honor guards, in many of the ceremonies at war memorials and cemeteries held nationwide and abroad. Officers and cadets from nearly 400 CAP squadrons, including the Greenbrier Composite Squadron, are signed up to organize National Wreaths Across America Day observances on Dec. 14 in their regions, states and communities.

Visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org for more information about Wreaths Across America and participating locations. For more information on CAP, visit gocivilairpatrol.com.

For more information on the Greenbrier Composite of the Civil Air Patrol contact Major Ed Childers at 304-438-7128.