Wreaths Across America project to honor veterans nationwide

GIRARD — Wreaths Across America, a national project to honor veterans for their service to the community, will be held locally at the Girard City Cemetery.

Kathy Blackstone of Blackstone Funeral Home said the funeral home and Girard American Legion Post 235 have teamed up to make sure the veterans have Christmas holiday wreaths.

The event is held each December as a movement to cover all veterans’ graves with a wreath.

She said more than 250 wreaths have been purchased to adorn graves at the cemetery. Wreaths are $15. Anyone wanting to purchase a wreath can call 330-539-5955 or the American Legion.

A ceremony will be noon Saturday at the cemetery chapel. After the ceremony, volunteers will place the wreaths on markers.

Volunteers are needed to help with the project.

The goal of the program is to remember the fallen, honor those who served, and teach children the value of freedom.

Organizers nationwide will be laying thousands of wreaths including Arlington National Cemetery, just outside the nation’s capital. Those who plan the event note that while veterans are honored on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve our country’s freedoms.

Several other local communities, such as Jackson Township, also are planning events.