Wreaths Across America
This event began in Arlington National Cemetery in 2005. The original purpose was to remember and honor the memory of veterans buried in the older section of the Cemetery, which was receiving fewer visitors each year. When a picture was placed on the internet of rows upon rows of snow-covered tombstones and green wreaths decorated with red bows, the idea went viral around the country and there was interest in duplicating the ceremony. Last year the event was held in more than 500 U.S. locations and 24 off-shore sites.
Old City Cemetery has over 2,200 veterans, representing every war from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War. In 2010 the DAR placed 717 wreaths, the fourth largest number in Virginia, with Arlington Cemetery being the largest.
The public is invited to this year’s ceremony. Beginning at noon the ceremony will begin with a flyover by a member of the Civil Air Patrol, followed by the arrival of seven special military wreaths accompanied by veterans in a motorcycle escort. Following a brief ceremony with DAR and community leaders everyone will be invited to help lay wreaths. Kathy, Mike and guests of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast will be assisting in this year’s ceremony to honor those who have fought for our freedoms and gave the ultimate sacrifice. We look forward to seeing you there.
**Cemetery gates will be closed to through traffic when the ceremony begins promptly at Noon.
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