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Community invited to honor Nation’s Heroes during annual Wreaths Across America

Volunteers will again place holiday wreaths to honor and remember our nation’s Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Fort Bliss National Cemetery on Saturday, December 14.

“This annual tribute to our nation’s veterans is more than just a patriotic activity,” said Jamie Porter, National Cemetery director. “Wreaths Across America is an opportunity for VA to partner with key organizations as we honor those laid to rest in VA’s cemeteries.”

Volunteers at Fort Bliss and around the country will place holiday wreaths to honor and remember America’s veterans at more than 100 VA national cemeteries, in addition to Arlington National Cemetery and state veteran cemeteries, as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event.

The Wreaths Across America ceremonies align with VA’s National Cemetery Administration’s mission to increase public awareness by sharing the stories of America’s veterans through research, education, and community commemoration.

Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company, was a 12-year-old paper boy when he won a trip to Washington D.C. The experience was one he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him.

In 1992, Worcester Wreath found themselves with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Recalling his boyhood trip, Worcester worked to place wreaths in the older sections of the cemetery that had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.

The annual tribute went on quietly for several years, until 2005, when a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet.

WHAT:      The Fort Bliss National Cemetery partners with Wreaths Across America to hold the annual holiday wreath-laying ceremony honoring and remembering our nation’s veterans.

WHEN:      Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m.

WHERE:   Fort Bliss National Cemetery, 5200 Fred Wilson Avenue

Annual Holiday Wreath Laying at Fort Bliss National Cemetery Set for Saturday

Volunteers will place over 6,000 holiday wreaths to honor and remember our nation’s Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Fort Bliss National Cemetery on December 16.

“This wreath laying ceremonies help us continue the mission of maintaining national cemeteries as national shrines, sacred to the honor and memory of those interred or memorialized here,” said cemetery director Jamie Porter. “It is a great way for the community to come together to pay our respects during the holiday season.”

The Civil Air Patrol, El Paso Composite Squadron arranges the wreath-laying ceremony with assistance from local citizens and other Veterans service organizations as a part of Wreaths Across America. All 135 VA national cemeteries receive at least seven wreaths, one for each service branch, one for the Merchant Marine and one for Prisoners of War and those Missing In Action (POW/MIA).

This is the 12th year of Wreaths Across America, a nationwide program which distributes holiday wreaths as a tribute to Veterans laid to rest at VA national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries.

It is also the 26th year that the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, who will take holiday wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.

Through this program, company president Morrill Worcester seeks to recognize Veterans, active duty military and their families. His goal is to remind the public to remember the Veterans, honor their service, and teach children the value of freedom.

The main gate will be closed at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 15 and will re-open at 7 a.m. on Saturday, December 16 in support of the Wreaths Across America Ceremony.

For more information about this event, call the cemetery administration office at 915-564-0201 or visit the Wreaths Across America Web site.

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