Belvedere Memorial Park to Host Wreaths Across America
Belvedere Memorial Park will join the more than 1,000 participating locations across the country on Saturday, December 17, 2016, in an effort to “Say Their Names”.
National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) announced today that San Angelo Composite and Texas Leadership Charter Academy Cadet Squadrons of Civil Air Patrol in San Angelo, Texas has once again joined in the effort to support the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, as an official location for 2016. This is the Tenth year that the cemetery will be participating in this national event. Local ceremony at the All Vet Cemetery at Belvedere will begin at 11:00 a.m. (CST)
Since 1992, WAA founder Morrill Worcester has always asked volunteers placing remembrance wreaths to take time to read the name on the headstone aloud. During the escort of wreaths to
Arlington National Cemetery last December, WAA Executive Director Karen Worcester stated, “A person dies twice: the first time, when they stop breathing, and a second time, when someone says their name for the last time.” It is with this in mind that this year’s theme for National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, is “Say Their Names.”
The goal for the two squadrons is to raise enough funds to place 350 remembrance wreaths on the headstones and say the names of all the local heroes laid to rest there, to ensure that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country are not, and never will be, forgotten.
“Without the thousands of local volunteers across the country who give their time and energy to support the mission, Wreaths Across America would not exist,” said Karen Worcester. “All our supporters understand the value of remembering the fallen, honoring those who currently serve, and the need to teach the next generation about the sacrifices made for our freedom.”
Those interested in volunteering for Wreaths Across America, either locally or at Arlington National Cemetery, are invited to visit the WAA website to learn more. National Wreaths Across America Day is a free community event open to all people.
About Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester 25 years ago. The organization’s mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies each December at Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information, to sponsor wreaths or to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.
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