Record Number of Wreaths for Event at Andersonville National Cemetery

The weather on Saturday proved to be much nicer than previous year with sunny skies and temperatures near 40 degrees.

The national campaign began in 1992 with one person and one small group which laid holiday season wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

They were remembering the fallen, the prisoners of war and the missing in action, as well as honoring those who served and who are serving in the nation's armed forces.

Each year on National Wreaths Across America Day over 1,200 locations in all 50 USA states, at sea, and overseas continue the tradition of the laying of the wreaths as a mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.

Roy Woods, an Army veteran, salutes after placing a wreath to honor soldiers classified as Missing in Action or Prisoner of War during Caribou's December 16 Wreaths Across America ceremony. Once the participant has a wreath, they walk to a headstone of their choosing, lay the wreath down, and say the name of the fallen service member. "As a veteran myself, I think it's up to us to lead the charge and support this type of work as best as we can".

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Approximately 3,000 wreaths were laid by 200 volunteers during the ceremony at Orange County's Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Fresh evergreen wreaths were placed upon memorial benches and at the base of the statuary by members of the Civil Air Patrol to recognize each branch of service and to symbolize a living tribute in memory of POW/MIAs and the fallen. Four years later, he participated in the landing at Normandy and then became the Military Governor of Cherbourg and Paris, France.

Volunteers braved the wet weather Saturday morning and placed wreaths all over the cemetery.

Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, president and CEO of Garner Trucking Inc. and vice chairman of the American Trucking Association, has donated the use of patriotic, custom-painted Freightliner trucks, as well as volunteer drivers, for five years.

"It's humbling and is an honor to be able to deliver these wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery". And the people really enjoy seeing it.


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