Public invited to ‘Wreaths Across America’ ceremony set Dec. 19

The public is invited to participate in the local National Wreaths Across America Day planned for Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Kerrville National Cemetery. The event is once again being organized by the Kerrville Civil Air Patrol Squadron.

Each year millions of Americans come together on national Wreaths Across America Day to remember fallen veterans at cemeteries across America.

On Saturday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m., in conjunction with National Wreaths Across America Day, the Kerrville Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron will conduct a ceremony to place wreaths at the Kerrville National Cemetery in memory of the military veterans buried there.

The public is invited to observe and participate in the ceremony. The brief ceremony will begin as local veterans, assisted by Cadets of the local squadron place seven ceremonial wreaths, honoring each of the military services, the U.S. Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and Prisoners of War or Missing in Action.  

Following brief remarks and the playing of Taps, veterans and members of the public are invited to help place wreaths on the graves of 472 veterans buried at the cemetery.  

The ceremony will be conducted in compliance with all state and local rules for COVID-19 safety.  

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992.

The organization’s mission – “Remember, Honor, Teach” – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

The Kerrville Civil Air Patrol Squadron has participated in every National WAA Day event since 2006.

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