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Nesquehoning VFW to participate in Wreaths Across America Program

Published October 23. 2009 05:00PM

The Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008 and the Ladies Auxiliary, led by Commander Brian Sommers and his wife, Cathy, Auxiliary President, are proud to announce that the Post and Auxiliary are once again participating in the Wreaths Across America Program that will take place on December 12. The Post and Auxiliary will be participating in the services at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, located in Annville, PA

The Wreaths Across America Program began in 1992 to ensure the graves of Veterans buried in National Cemeteries, were not forgotten at Christmas. Wreaths are laid at the graves of fallen soldiers and is now a mission to "Remembe-Honor-Teach" the value of freedom in the world today. Wreaths are laid on the headstones of veterans at 286 participating locations. Last year the Post and Auxiliary helped lay the wreaths on over 2,100 grave sites at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

The wreaths, constructed from fresh greens and festooned with red ribbons, are made by the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine. It was the brain child of Morrill and Karen Worcester, owners. They have donated over 900,000 wreaths since 1992.

A contingency from Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008 and the Ladies Auxiliary, led by the Sommers will travel to Fort Indiantown Gap to participate in the wreath laying ceremonies. Each wreath costs $15 and the public is encouraged and invited to participate by purchasing a wreath.

The deadline to purchase a wreath is November 18. For further information and to purchase a wreath, contact Brian and Cathy Sommers at (570) 669-9225.

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