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At Holly Tree Cemetery, loved ones leave the ceremony to lay wreaths on graves. Photo courtesy of Kathy Dyer

By Linda Crabtree

In touching ceremonies at Holly Tree and Hawkins cemeteries last Saturday, December 15, the local DAR chapter, families and friends laid wreaths on the graves of our veterans who rest there.  Thanks to the inspiration and determination of Martha Sue Johnson, 1st Vice Regent of the John Hogg, Sr., Chapter, NSDAR, the chapter was successful in obtaining enough sponsors to cover the 225 veterans in the two cemeteries. If family could be present, they placed wreaths for their veteran. If not, volunteers did so.

Martha Sue Johnson and Marilyn Ross lay a wreath of remembrance at Stan Ross’s grave.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Dyer
Martha Sue Johnson and Marilyn Ross lay a wreath of remembrance at Stan Ross’s grave.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Dyer
Cramer and Debbie Havens receive a wreath from Pat Foshee to lay on the grave of their son Aaron at the Hawkins Cemetery Wreaths Across America ceremony.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Dyer

Wreaths Across America is a nationwide program. In 2014, Wreaths Across America and its national network of volunteers laid over 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond, including ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, as well as Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and the sites of the September 11 tragedies. This was accomplished with help from 2,047 fundraising groups, corporate contributions, and donations of trucking, shipping, and thousands of helping hands. This is far too great a story to tell in this brief space, so be sure to check out the website – wreathsacrossamerica.org. It is planned that this will become an annual occurrence, so be watching for it next year!