Wreath ceremony honors local veterans


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​National Wreaths Across America Day will take place Dec. 15 at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery and more than 1,400 additional locations across the United States, at sea and abroad.

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National Wreaths Across America Day will take place Dec. 15 at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery and more than 1,400 additional locations across the United States, at sea and abroad.

The events, coordinated by Wreaths Across America, host the placing of wreaths where U.S. veterans have been laid to rest.

Betty Jo Green is location coordinator for Wreaths Across America at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.

“It is an honor to serve,” Green said.

According to the group’s website, its mission is to “remember our fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve and teach your children the value of freedom.”

The community is invited to attend the local ceremony, the third at the 2½-year-old cemetery at 5525 U.S. 1 in Mims. It starts at 11:45 a.m.

Donna Baroody, adjutant at the American Legion Post 1 in Titusville, said the organization will assist with the event, as it did last year.

“Our American Legion Riders escorted the wreaths to the cemetery,” she said. “We also participated by acquiring wreaths and assisting at the event. Honoring our veterans is our No. 1 mission.”

Individuals and organizations can help by placing the wreaths on
the graves.

“In 2017, we were able to honor all 2,600 veterans interred,” Green said. “But given the rate of increase, the projected need for the Dec. 15 ceremony at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery is 4,600 wreaths.”

However, fundraising is an ongoing process.

“We need many volunteers interested in fundraising throughout
the year.”

Recent efforts have helped, but about 3,000 wreaths still need to be sponsored to honor each veteran interred this year. Wreaths can be sponsored for $15 each.

“We welcome all donations,”
Green said.

Checks can be made payable to Wreaths Across America and sent to:

Betty Jo Green

P.O. Box 372041

Satellite Beach, FL 32937

For more information, call 321-777-1007 or go to wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Another wreath-laying ceremony will be at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15, at the Brevard Veterans Cemetery, 1143 Day St. in Titusville. Wreaths can be ordered at  wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/42811/Overview/?relatedId=42659.