New Wreaths Across America group honors 2100 veterans' graves in North Huntingdon

The East Brunswick Police Department and New Jersey State Police provided a police escort for J.B. Hunt Transport Services, participants in Wreaths Across America this year at multiple ceremonies across the country.

Volunteers hope to cover more than 5,000 graves with a holiday wreath at the Wilmington National Cemetery on Saturday at noon. "I am proud that we are recognizing our fallen soldiers today with wreaths", said Dean.

"A truckload of handsome Christmas wreaths will be coming in and we will be placing these wreaths on all of the veterans graves and kind of teaching our family and friends the meaning behind honoring and remembering our veterans", said Spectrum Veterans IRG coordinator Danielle Montag-Plaza.

Remembrance wreaths will be placed at the headstones of fallen veterans. The veterans here represent all who have served our great nation.

"Last year was a blizzard, I wouldn't trade it for the world", she said.

Upon placement of the wreaths, volunteers also saluted in front of each grave.

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Joined by friends and family members after the ceremony, Pollock placed another wreath at her husband's tombstone.

"Early on, we want to teach him about service, and community, and to understand how important it is to honor those who fought and gave their lives for us", said Larson-Edwards, 30, of Penn Hills. "This is just a good thing to do".

All of nearly 400 graves at the Vermont Veterans Home, some dating back as far as the Civil War, were decorated with wreaths on Saturday with the help of a local woman who wanted to make sure all the veterans buried on the grounds of the home got their due.

Saturday's ceremony was the 11th annual wreath-laying ceremony at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Organizers purchase the wreaths thanks to donations from sponsors and the public.

  • Adam Floyd