Each year on National Wreaths Across America Day, millions of Americans come together to remember the fallen, honor those that serve and their families, and teach the next generation about the value of freedom.
Until last month, when joint applications filed by Harvey C. Noone Legion Post 954 and Girl Scout Troop 60487 were approved, there were no participating cemeteries in Monroe County. There are now two. One is the Creekside/St Vincent’s Cemetery, 44 N. Main St., in the Village of Churchville and the other is the Riga Cemetery on Route 36 just south of the Village. Buried in these cemeteries are over 375 veterans.
On Saturday, December 14, 2019 (National Wreaths Across America Day) wreaths will be laid for these local veterans. The event begins with a free and open-to-the-public ceremony at noon at the grave of Harvey C. Noone, who is buried in Creekside Cemetery. After the ceremony, will be the placing of wreaths on the headstones of veterans buried in the Creekside/St. Vincent’s cemetery. Parking will be in the Church Lodge Parking Lot, with refreshments following in the Lodge. Wreaths will be placed later that day in Riga Cemetery.
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To sponsor a wreath or learn more about Wreaths Across America visit https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/162525.
The theme of this year's National Wreaths Across American Day is "Everyone Plays a Part." In 2018, nearly 1.8 million veteran wreaths were placed on headstones at 1,640 participating cemeteries around the country in honor of the service and sacrifices made for our freedoms, with each name said out loud.