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Local Civil Air Patrol unit participating in wreath-laying salute to veterans

Published on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 (6:39 p.m.)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev — Members of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Nellis Composite Squadron are proud to partner once more with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit initiative that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the year-end holiday season.

“Our mission is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “Thousands of CAP members participate each year to help us do just that, and, with CAP’s help, this project has continued to see remarkable growth.”

This year, in tribute to the 25 million men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces — guarding and preserving America’s freedom throughout history — wreaths from Worcester Wreath Co. in Harrington, Maine, will be placed on more than 325,000 veterans’ graves at 700-plus cemetery or memorial sites in all 50 states, as well as 20 foreign locations. Civil Air Patrol is a fundraiser for Wreaths Across America, and its members also lead or participate, often with color and honor guards, in many of the ceremonies at cemeteries and war memorials.

Last year, CAP members from more than 600 squadrons, including the Nellis Composite Squadron, participated in the ceremonies nationwide and abroad.

This year, Nellis Composite Squadron will participate in the local ceremony at Southern Nevada Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, on December 15 starting at 9:00 a.m.

Wreaths Across America culminates on Dec. 15 with tens of thousands of wreaths placed on grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery and numerous ceremonies held at many of Arlington’s memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknowns. Several other ceremonies will be held later that day, including one at war memorials along the National Mall. Simultaneous ceremonies will be held throughout the day at veterans’ cemeteries and memorials throughout the world.

“Each year, we look forward to the opportunities provided by Wreaths Across America,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr. “Laying the wreaths is an honor to our veterans, a service to our communities and a learning experience for our cadets and officers.”

Twenty years ago, Morrill Worcester of the Worcester Wreath Co. donated the first wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery, starting an annual tradition that continues today as Wreaths Across America. The initiative began in 2006 as an offshoot of Worcester’s Arlington National Cemetery wreath project. Since its inception seven years ago, Wreaths Across America has experienced tremendous growth.

Visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org for more information about Wreaths Across America and participating locations.

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