Veterans' graves to be honored with wreaths

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Sep. 22, 2011
American Legion Senior Vice Commander Art Sladyk is leading this year's efforts to place a wreath on the graves of all veterans buried in South Windsor. Photos by Martha Marteney.
American Legion Senior Vice Commander Art Sladyk is leading this year's efforts to place a wreath on the graves of all veterans buried in South Windsor. Photos by Martha Marteney.

South Windsor’s American Legion Post 133 is organizing the second annual Wreaths Across America ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Veteran’s Memorial Park, beginning at noon.  According to Post Senior Vice Commander Art Sladyk, there are approximately 800 veterans buried in town. To date, he has received donations to provide wreaths for 300 of those graves.

“There’s been total support from the community,” said Sladyk. He has mailed letters to the business community, and the Girl Scouts are sending flyers home with all elementary school students in the “Friday Folders.” The town’s Boy Scouts are mapping the cemeteries so that all the veterans' graves are properly identified.

The motto for Wreaths Across America is “Remember, Honor, Teach.” “We want to keep this going on for generations,” said Sladyk.  "We want the young people to understand that what we have came at a cost."

The goal of Wreaths Across America is to honor the men and women who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard or Merchant Marines, and prisoners of war or those missing in action by placing a wreath on each grave. This is the second year of the program in South Windsor. The wreaths cost $15 and must be pre-ordered. Checks made payable to Wreaths Across American can be mailed to American Legion Post 133, Post Office Box 1030, South Windsor, CT 06074. For more information, contact Art Sladyk at 860-648-1711 or by e-mail at aps1144@cox.net. Information about Wreaths Across American can also be found at the website wreathsacrossamerica.org.

In other American Legion news, on Sept. 20, Mary Ann Roczynksi, Department Commander for the State of Connecticut, joined the induction of the newly-elected officers of Abe Miller Post 133. The first female department commander, Roczynski said she attended the ceremony by special invitation from her “right-hand man,” Department Sergeant-at-Arms Roger Anderson, adjutant of the South Windsor post.


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