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Wreaths Across America ceremony to be held Dec. 17


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Sep. 09, 2022 - 4:06 PM

Wreaths Across America ceremony to be held Dec. 17

In 2021, approximately 315 wreathes were placed at Oak Hill Cemetery, leaving 700 veterans without a wreath, according to Pat McBurnett, flag committee chair for the local DAR chapter.

The General Daniel Newnan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a wreath laying ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 17.

According to a press release, the DAR chapter would like to place a wreath on each veteran's grave in the cemetery.

In 2021, approximately 315 wreaths were placed at Oak Hill Cemetery, leaving 700 veterans without a wreath, according to Pat McBurnett, flag committee chair for the local DAR chapter.

This year, the DAR aims to place at least 500.

Once each wreath is placed, the veteran's name is said aloud and given thanks for their service and sacrifice, McBurnett said.

Individual wreaths, made with Maine balsam, are priced at $15. The deadline to sponsor a wreath is Nov. 30.

To sponsor a wreath for the ceremony, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/GA0220P .

The annual Wreaths Across America tribute began in 1992 with Morrill Worcester – a wreath-maker in Harrington, Maine, who found himself with a surplus of wreaths near the end of the holiday season.

Worcester decided to use his surplus to honor U.S. military veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, so he made arrangements to place the wreaths in one of the older sections of the cemetery that had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.

This localized annual tribute went on until 2005, when a photo of Worcester’s wreath tributes in Arlington National Cemetery began circulating on the internet.

The photos brought the project national attention, and with the help of many civic organizations, simultaneous wreath-laying ceremonies are now held all around the country through Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is “Remember, honor, teach.”