Wreaths Across America
Colchester - posted Oct, 29 2013
COLCHESTER - The Westchester Center Cemetery Association has volunteered to conduct the Wreaths Across America (WAA) this year at the Westchester Cemetery on Cemetery Road 7. Ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember those who served, honor their sacrifices and teach our younger generation about the high cost of our freedoms. The ceremony is held at noon to coincide with the lying of the wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. One thing that makes Wreaths Across America ceremony special is that there are more than 500 ceremonies taking place nationally and overseas that hold a moment of silence at the same time. The ceremonial wreaths are donated by the Worchester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine. These wreaths represent each branch of the military service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and include the POW/MIA). Each is decorated with a red bow, an American flag and service flag to represent a branch of service. For more information about this event please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org In addition to the ceremonial wreaths, the Westchester Cemetery Association has joined the Wreaths Across America to promote wreaths to be placed on designated veterans’ graves in the cemetery. There are 51 veterans buried in the cemetery ranging from the French and Indian War to the Vietnam War. If you would like to sponsor a wreath for a veteran in the Westchester Center Cemetery or would like more information please call Roberta Avery at 860-537-1889. All checks are made out to Wreaths Across America and mailed to 148 Standish Rd., Colchester, CT 06415. Any checks received after Nov. 9, will be used for next year’s ceremony. Donations may also be made through the web site for this event.