Greenbrier Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol observes Wreaths Across America Ceremony
Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992.
Wreaths Across America’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.
Old man winter did not want to cooperate, bringing wind, sleet and snow. We shivered through the ceremony because we wanted to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom. These brave men and women will never be forgotten.
We want to thank all of the brave souls that weathered the storm with us Saturday, those who donated wreaths for the graves and those who helped keep the sidewalks clear. We would like to thank Mr. Campbell and his staff at the cemetery.
For information about our squadron and the Civil Air Patrol call Major Ed Childers at 304-438-7128
The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 72 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.