Help local club bring Wreaths Across America project to Hampshire area cemeteries

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  • Volunteers are working to place wreaths on the graves of veterans in Hampshire area cemeteries as part of National Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 18.

    Volunteers are working to place wreaths on the graves of veterans in Hampshire area cemeteries as part of National Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 18. John Radtke | Staff Photographer, 2015

 
 
Updated 11/11/2021 11:54 AM

Freedom is often defined as "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." However, some Americans will choose to forgo some of their personal freedoms by choosing to serve their country and its citizens. This selfless sacrifice is what makes every veteran a hero. In addition, when asked why they did it, many will answer simply by saying, "Because it was the right thing to do!"

On Saturday, Dec. 18, it will be National Wreaths Across America Day. It is a day to not only thank an interred veteran for their sacrifices, but also say their name aloud and keep their memory alive for family, friends, and their community at a time of year when they are missed the most.

 

Local volunteers with the Fox River Valley Chapter of National Society Daughters of the American Revolution are working on this mission right now but they need your help to complete the mission.

They are very close to honoring every single veteran laid to rest at the Hampshire Center, Doty, Aurand, and St. Charles Borromeo cemeteries but they need just a little extra help to complete the mission.

Consider donating $15 to sponsor a veteran's wreath to be placed at the headstone of one of these local heroes.

Each sponsorship goes toward a live, balsam wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero. As part of National Wreaths Across America Day, they endeavor to honor all veterans laid to rest at 11 a.m. CST on Saturday, Dec. 18.

To sponsor a wreath or learn how to volunteer, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/164022.

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To learn more about the Fox River Valley Chapter DAR, email frvdar@gmail.com.

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization's mission -- Remember, Honor, Teach -- is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as thousands of veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

For more information or to sponsor a wreath, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

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