The Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located at 111 Craigville Rd. in Goshen, will host a Wreaths Across America ceremony on Sat., Dec. 15 at 12 noon. Wreaths can be purchased at the Veterans Service Agency (VSA), located at the cemetery.
Wreaths are $15 each or three for $30. Sponsor donations in any amount are also welcome. Checks can be made out to “Nam Knights M/C” with WAA 2018 on the memo line. The VSA is also seeking volunteers for the ceremony. The 19-acre cemetery has 12,500 plots. Approximately 3,400 men and women are buried there, including 2,700 veterans.
The tradition of laying wreaths to honor veterans began in 1992, when Morrill Worcester, the owner of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, ME, had extra wreaths at the end of the holiday season. Worcester remembered a boyhood trip to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. and decided to donate 5,000 wreaths to be placed on the headstones of an older section of the cemetery. By 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.
For more information, call Dave Andryshak at 494-3768.