LANCASTER – Your support is needed in recognizing the service and sacrifice of our local veterans by honoring them with a wreath at their graves during the holidays.
The Lancaster Cemetery District Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Lancaster Cemetery have once again teamed up with Wreaths Across America as part of a nationwide remembrance ceremony to take place at Lancaster Cemetery Saturday, Dec. 12.
“With help from Friends of the Lancaster Cemetery and the local community, our goal is to provide wreaths to adorn every veteran’s grave and every Gold Star mother and father’s grave at Lancaster Cemetery,” stated Cemetery manager Dayle DeBry. “We want to make sure every veteran is honored with a wreath.”
More than 800 veterans are interred at Lancaster Cemetery District – several of them recently discovered through a new volunteer project.
“We are proud and honored to be participating in this national event to pay tribute to our veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms each of us in our Country enjoy,” stated Dave Owens, chairman, Lancaster Cemetery Board of Trustees.
How to sponsor a wreath
Individuals or businesses may sponsor a fresh balsam wreath for only $15 by stopping by the Lancaster Cemetery office and filling out a sponsorship form. Businesses and individuals are welcome to sponsor 10 wreaths for $150 or 100 for $1500.
Wreaths can also be sponsored online at www.wreathsacrossamerica.com. Sponsors must enter the location ID: CALCDL for Lancaster Cemetery District and the group ID: CA0082P for Friends of the Lancaster Cemetery. For further details, contact Dayle DeBry at 661-942-6110.
More on Wreaths Across America
The goal of Wreaths Across America is to recognize the service and sacrifice of our veterans by honoring them with a wreath at their graves during the holidays. The Wreaths Across America story began more than 18 years ago when Worcester Wreath Company (a for-profit commercial business from Harrington, Maine) began a tradition of placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery during the holidays. The tradition spread to many communities across the country. In 2014, Wreaths Across America and it national network of volunteers laid more than 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond. Read more the program’s history at: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/about/history/