VFW Participating In Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America (WAA) is an annual mid-December event to honor military veterans by placing wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 1,100 other veterans cemeteries and memorials around the nation and overseas. VFW Post 10052 of Cheshire participates annually. The post invites the public to join in a short ceremonial wreath-laying at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.

15, at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of Town Hall. The day has been proclaimed “Wreaths Across America Day” by the U.S.

Senate.“This Christmastime event reminds the public that our freedom is not free,” said VFW Post Commander John White. “Veterans past and present have sacrificed for America. We will lay a wreath to show we recognize what they have done and we are grateful for it. They are not forgotten at this holiday season.”Wreaths Across America began in 1992 when Morrill Worcester of Maine drove a single truck to Arlington with 5,000 wreaths to be laid upon graves by him.

The event grew until now more than 60,000 volunteers place more than 600,000 wreaths with solemn reverence on veterans’ graves in all 50 states and 30 other countries.

WAA says what began as a pilgrimage has become a national mission 26 years later to Remember, Honor, Teach.

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