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Wreaths Across America event scheduled for Saturday - rain, shine or snow

This iconic image became viral in 2005, inspiring increased national interest in the annual tribute and prompting the formation of Wreaths Across America as a non-profit 501-(c)(3). (Courtesy)

This iconic image became viral in 2005, inspiring increased national interest in the annual tribute and prompting the formation of Wreaths Across America as a non-profit 501-(c)(3). (Courtesy)

Prescott is a community known for its patriotism.

So the local VA is asking any and all veterans and veteran supporters to come to the Prescott National Cemetery on Saturday at 10 a.m. to celebrate National Wreaths Across America Day.

On the third day of each December, volunteers across the country lay Christmas wreaths on as many veteran grave sites as possible across the United States. Arlington National Cemetery and 1,400 other locations in the United States, as well as at sea and abroad. The endeavor’s mission is “to remember, honor and teach.”

The non-profit Wreaths Across America was founded in 2007 to officially decorate the graves of this nation’s fallen heroes at veteran cemeteries in 50 states, with services accompanying them to reflect on the sacrifices of all who served in the United State military. The honor goes to all veterans whether they served in times of combat or in peace, at home or abroad.

The wreaths come from the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine –at a cost of about $15 each, or three for the price of two, are covered by area businesses, veteran organizations and other veteran advocates.

In 1992, the wreath company owner Morrill Worcester opted to take the surplus of wreaths they had at the end of the holiday season and lay them in lesser visited sections of Arlington Cemetery, according to the Wreaths Across America history page. Worcester visited the famous national cemetery as a child and the experience inspired in him a sense of patriotic pride that carried into his adult years. Through the wreaths, Worcester said he felt he was able to honor the sacrifice of those who enabled him to succeed and flourish as an American businessman.

At Prescott’s ceremony, all those in attendance will be invited to help place the sponsored wreaths on 2,117 veteran graves spread across the six-acre burial ground that has now been closed to burials since the early 1970s. There are also some 3,000 niches built around the main grounds for the cremated remains of veterans and their spouses.

Due to construction at the cemetery, the VA Hospital on Highway 89 will be providing parking and shuttle service to all those who wish to attend. Shuttle service will begin at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Cemetery Manager Becky Durocher at 928-445-4860 ext. 7569.

More information about Wreaths Across America can be found on the website: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org

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