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Wreaths coming to Paris Cemetery

To the editor:

Noon on Dec. 14 will mark the first year of Paris Cemetery’s participation in the Wreaths Across America’s annual campaign as they join in remembering the fallen, honoring those who serve and teaching the values of freedom. The original laying of the wreaths began by an evergreen nursery in Maine owned by the Worcester family, who donated and led volunteers to Arlington National Cemetery where they laid 5,000 balsam beribboned wreaths on the old section of forgotten veteran graves. In the following years, the program gained momentum, as pictures of the snow-covered graves went viral, until today. Wreaths Across America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was formed, and more than 1,600 national and participating veterans cemeteries will place more than 1.8 million wreaths in remembrance of those who have served.

Paris Cemetery, on Steubenville Pike in Paris, Pa., was established in the 1800s and is the resting place of 200 recorded veterans of all American conflicts, from the Revolutionary War through current service. Uriah H. Brown, a Congressional Medal of Honor Civil War hero, who was buried in Paris Cemetery, as well as John J. Pinder, an Omaha Beach D-Day hero, who rests in nearby Grandview Cemetery, will be honored.

Sponsorships at $15 a wreath as well as volunteers for laying the wreaths are being sought for the ceremony. Information can be obtained at wreathsacrossamerica.org/social/PA0427P—Paris-Cemetery-Company?Sid=159811|0|0|1|

While the Paris Cemetery campaign is only halfway to its goal of 200 wreaths, we are confident that if families and community join in interest, we can meet the ordering cut-off by Nov. 24. Special arrangements can be made for wreath sponsorship of veterans interred in a cemetery other than Paris through the site coordinator.

We are grateful to those who have already committed and look forward to those yet to come as we join together to remember, honor and teach the value of freedom.

Patty Rhoades

Paris Cemetery

Wreaths Across America

Site coordinator

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