Enfield gathers for Wreaths Across America

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
American Legion Posts 80 and 154, along with local Amvets, place wreaths on stands with the help of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.  Photos by Lisa Stone.
American Legion Posts 80 and 154, along with local Amvets, place wreaths on stands with the help of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Photos by Lisa Stone.

Despite the onset of a winter snow storm on Dec. 14, St. Patrick’s Cemetery was lined with cars for the sixth annual Wreaths Across America event. With the help of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Enfield residents gathered to show respect, pay homage and remember those who paid the ultimate price for freedom.

The ceremony kicked off with Fermi High School students singing the national anthem and Father John Melnick of Saint Bernard’s parish giving the opening prayer.

Councilman at Large Cindy Mangini was the master of ceremonies for the event. “We wish to honor all of our vets and active service personnel,” said Mangini. She explained that this was a national event that would take place at the same time at several locations, including Arlington National Cemetery. The goal of the day is to be able to place a wreath on each serviceman or woman’s grave. Mangini thanked the DAR for providing the wreaths that were to be placed on the graves.

Mayor Scott Kaupin offered his thanks and appreciation to all of those that have served and are serving in the military. “Let us remember the fallen and honor those that serve,” said Kaupin. “On this day, we come with a mission and leave with memories.” Kaupin asked that the crowd observe a moment of silence to remember the lives that were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School one year earlier.

Enfield fire, police and emergency service personnel read the names of Enfield residents that were lost in the wars as far back as World War I to present day. John F. Kennedy Middle School students were on hand to read a synopsis of the wars and their impact on the country.

The Enfield Veteran’s Council Chairman Theodore Plamondon gave thanks to all who made the event possible and said, “Let’s make it possible to place a wreath on each and every serviceman’s grave next year.” To date, there are 74 servicemen from Enfield that have perished in action since WWI.

Wreaths were placed on stands by American Legion Posts 80 and 154 as well as Amvets. The local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts were eager to lend a hand with the wreath placement.

When the ceremony drew to a close, AL Post 154 sounded a 21-gun salute, which was followed by “Taps,” played by Jonathan Worley.


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