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Local business aids wreaths for veterans

The sacrifices of military veterans were remembered at a Dec. 17 service at the Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park in which several wreaths supplied through Wreaths Across America were placed at the monument to Brooke County residents who died or were prisoners of war during military conflicts dating from World War I to the present. Eric Fithyan, owner of Chambers and James Funeral, Pet and Cremation Services, which sponsored the wreaths, was accompanied by representatives of the West Virginia Army National Guard, Tri-State Young Marines and Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad. — Contributed

WELLSBURG — Icy weather didn’t keep local veterans and the owner and staff of a local funeral home from placing several wreaths at the Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park on Dec. 17.

Several community members also were on hand for a service at the monument led by Eric Fithyan, owner of Chambers and James Funeral Home. Also on hand were representatives of the West Virginia Army National Guard, Tri-State Young Marines and Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad.

The wreaths were supplied through Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that provides about 1 million wreaths for the graves of veterans and veteran monuments.

Sponsors of the wreaths, including family members of deceased veterans, and “rolling ambassadors,” volunteer trucking companies and their drivers, make it possible for the wreaths to be delivered to more than 1,100 locations.

“I am proud to be the local sponsor of Wreaths Across America. I am honored to be named rolling ambassador.” said Fithyan.

“It does not matter if it is icy, 4 inches of snow or 5 below, my staff and I will also honor veterans, especially at this time of year. There are many serving now in numerous places across the world in many different weather conditions, fighting for me, protecting me, and I thank them and do this simple service for them,” he said.

Fithyan was accompanied by staff members Ellen Daugherty, who coordinates the Wreaths Across America project for the funeral homes, and Amanda Mohney.

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