The Burlington County Freeholders invite residents to participate in the 22nd annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at Beverly National Cemetery, 916 Bridgeboro Road, this Saturday, Dec 13 at noon.
“This remembrance ceremony has become a holiday tradition for me,’’ said Freeholder Joseph B. Donnelly, who has served as veterans liaison and, on Saturday, will have attended the last eight annual wreath laying events held at Beverly National Cemetery. “This service truly combines the spirit of giving with patriotism, thanksgiving, and appreciation.’’
One wreath for each branch of service will be donated by the Worcester Wreath Company of Maine to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served their nation in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, and POW/MIA will be placed during a remembrance ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at more than 600 participating locations in all 50 states and beyond, including Arlington National Cemetery.
Wreath-laying ceremonies will be held concurrently at those locations at noon tomorrow to honor the nation’s veterans who no longer have loved ones or whose families are too far away to decorate their graves during the holidays.
“The Wreaths Across America remembrance ceremonies began in 1992 when Worcester Wreath Company in Maine donated 5,000 wreaths to be placed at headstones in Arlington,” Donnelly said. “Since Wreaths Across America began 19 years ago, Worcester Wreath has donated more than one million wreaths to be placed by volunteers in a wreath-laying ceremony each December.”
The public is invited to attend and participate in the wreath laying after the program, which will begin at noon with a moment of silence. There will be a brief ceremony before Civil Air Patrol Cadets, Naval Sea Cadets, guests and interested attendees will place more wreaths at headstones in designated areas of the 64-acre cemetery.