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New Cumberland Cemetery joins “National Wreaths Across America Day”

Pictured is an evergreen wreath placed last year on the grave of a local veteran in New Cumberland Cemetery. (Submitted photo)

NEW CUMBERLAND — National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) announces that the New Cumberland Cemetery in New Cumberland, W.Va., will be joining in the effort to support the mission to “Remember, Honor, Teach” as an official location for 2019. This is the first year that the cemetery will participate in this national event.

Wreaths Across America started as a simple gesture of thanks that has grown into a national movement of dedicated volunteers and communities coming together to not only remember the nation’s fallen and honor their service, but to teach the next generation about the sacrifices made for us to live freely. This year, more than 1,600 participating locations will place wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, with more than two million volunteers coming together.

The goal for New Cumberland Cemetery is to raise enough funds to place one hundred wreaths on veterans’ headstones of all the local heroes laid to rest there, to ensure that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country never be forgotten, and to bring the community together in patriotic commemoration.

“We are forever grateful for the thousands of supporters who dedicate their time and effort to fulfilling our mission on a local level,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of WAA. “These individuals and their communities know the value of remembering the fallen, honoring those who currently serve, and teaching the next generation about the sacrifices made for our country every day. Without their continued support, Wreaths Across America would not exist.”

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and was founded by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission to “Remember, Honor, Teach” is carried out in part each year by ceremonies in December at Arlington as well as thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information, to sponsor wreaths, or to volunteer, please visit www.Wreaths Across America.org.

Those interested in volunteering for Wreaths Across America or sponsoring a wreath for the New Cumberland Cemetery are invited to contact any member of the New Cumberland Garden Club to learn more. Garden club president George Hines can be reached at the city building or by calling 304-670-7092. National Wreaths Across America Day is a free, non-political community event open to all people.

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