Local effort to fund cemetery wreaths

Tribune Chronicle

WARREN — The Trumbull Career and Technical Center Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps will host fundraising events to ensure that all veterans at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery are honored.

Kelley Kibbey, ROTC program instructor, said the cadets are working to ensure that all veterans laid to rest at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery are honored in December on National Wreaths Across America Day.

This year, the ceremony, held across the country at more than 1,200 locations, will be on Dec. 16.

”The goal: to place a live, balsam fir wreath at the headstone of every veteran buried there and spread patriotism and commemoration for the ultimate sacrifices they made for our country,” Kibbey said.

Through Nov. 28, for every two-wreath sponsorship sold, three wreaths will be provided to Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery as part of a special fundraising program developed by Wreaths Across America, he said.

“Every donation and wreath sponsorship is a meaningful gift from an appreciative supporter who knows what it means to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America.

The cadets are doing the Wreaths Across America in support of their goal of 2,018 hours of community service this year and to honor veterans.

For information, visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.