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Wreaths Across America commemoration service at Prescott National Cemetery on Dec. 17

PRESCOTT – The National non-profit organization Wreaths Across America will have a remembrance ceremony to honor all fallen veterans at 10 a.m. on Dec. 17 at the Prescott National Cemetery off Highway 69.

Live balsam wreaths will be placed at the headstone of the 4,000 veterans buried at the cemetery, part of a national observance to honor veterans in nearly 1,000 locations across the nation and overseas.

The local commemoration is organized through the Driggs family that has sponsored the event for the last four years.

With help from the Prescott National Cemetery, the local Patriot Guard Riders and the American Legion Post 6 Color and Honor Guard, the Driggs family expects this to be a meaningful event to honor those who served to protect the freedoms of our nation, and assure they will never be forgotten, according to an event news release.

Prescott Mayor Harry Oberg and Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog will participate, along with the Gold Star families, the Prescott National Memorial Ladies, the Civil Air Patrol, local veteran service organizations, the Daughters of the American Revolution and others.

“The Wreaths Across America ceremony has impacted so many lives, mostly to those who are left behind when their loved one gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” the release said. “To quote our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, “The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.”

“The feeling of pride and respect you will experience when placing a wreath for a veteran will stay with you always,” said Wreaths Across America Founder Morrill Worcester in the release. “It is a gift you are giving, not only to the veteran, but to their family who served and sacrificed for the freedoms we all have.”

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