ROSCOMMON COUNTY – Local volunteers with the Roscommon Post #96 of the Michigan American Legion and friends are working hard to ensure that many Veterans laid to rest at Pioneer Cemetery in South Branch Township are honored this December on National Wreaths Across America Day.
This year, the ceremony, held simultaneously across the country at more than 1,200 locations, will be on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 starting at 11 a.m. at the Pioneer Cemetery in South Branch Township. The goal: to place a live, balsam fir wreath at the headstone of every Veteran buried there and spread patriotism and commemoration for the ultimate sacrifices they made for our country.
‘Every donation and wreath sponsorship is a meaningful gift from an appreciative supporter who knows what it means to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy,’ said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. ‘We are so grateful to the community of Roscommon and Higgins Lake for participating in our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.’
Local volunteers will also be placing wreaths on the Roscommon Village Cemetery, Gerrish Township Cemetery, Markey Township Cemetery and Lyon Township that day.
This is Roscommon Post #96’s second year in participating with Wreaths Across America and this year will be placing over 140 wreaths on Veteran’ graves. This could not be accomplished if it was not for our many volunteers who participated in taking orders, preparing the various grave sites and the distribution planned for Dec. 16. Additional volunteers are still being requested to assist this effort by contacting Kevin Sherman at 989-370-6770.
For more information on Wreaths Across America Day, visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) 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’ mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 1,200 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.
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