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Wreaths Across America returns to Cloverdale

Friday, December 14th, 2012 | Posted by

“Wreaths Across America,” co-sponsored locally by Cloverdale’s American Legion Post 293 and VFW Post 9268, will begin Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building on the corner of First and Commercial Streets.

Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony, which will begin with a procession down First Street to Riverside Cemetery where wreaths will be laid on the 32 gravesites of military veterans buried there.

In addition to veterans and citizens, the Patriot Riders will be part of the procession accompanying the wreaths. Cloverdale Boy Scout Troop 60 will also participate in the procession and ceremony.

Wreaths Across America started more than 20 years ago when Morrill Wooster, owner of Wooster Wreath Company in Maine, had a number of unsold wreaths on hand. Rather than throw them out, he decided to take them to Arlington National Cemetery and place them on the headstones as a way to say thanks to our nation’s military veterans.

Since then, the idea has spread to other towns and communities across the nation. Wooster is still delivering wreaths to Arlington, overseeing the placement of about 100,000 wreaths. This is the second year Cloverdale has participated.

Riverside Cemetery is located just west of the First Street Bridge near the Russian River.

To find out more about Wreaths Across America, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org.

For more information about Saturday’s local event, call either Gene at 894-0712 or Al at 696-2964.

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