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DAR group to hold wreath laying ceremony

The photo includes chapter members from left, Sue Cowan, Chapter Regent; Mary Caliban of Wisconsin Dells; Sandy Stiemke of Sauk City; Betsy Grant of Wisconsin Dells; Ardell Ladd of Reedsburg; Janis Franks of Merrimac; Kathy Kucher of Wonewoc; Julie Zajicek of Baraboo; and Sandy Snow of Baraboo.

The Fay-Robinson Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met at the Greenwood Cemetery in Reedsburg to mark graves of veterans. This was done in anticipation of their upcoming laying of wreaths on Dec. 15, the annual day of dedication organized by Wreaths Across America.

Each December on the National Wreaths Across America Day, the organization reminds and encourages participation in its mission to “Remember, Honor and Teach” by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies not only at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as many other registered locations throughout the United States, at sea and abroad.

The Fay-Robinson Chapter of DAR, in an effort to extend its goal of service hours for the 120th anniversary of chartering, registered three Reedsburg cemeteries to pay honor to U.S. veterans. So far, 26 graves in Greenwood Cemetery have been marked and are ready to receive a wreath.

In addition to Greenwood, St. Peter’s Cemetery and St. John. Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Reedsburg have been registered. It is the chapter’s intent to lay 20 wreaths at each location on Dec. 15. Some of those pictured have already named their ancestors who lie in rest in one or more of those three locations and donated funds to cover the cost of the wreath and placement. The chapter is looking for others in the community who might want to honor their family members who served with a special wreath or participate in the wreath-laying ceremony.

The cost per wreath is $15, and Wreaths Across America organization provides the wreaths to each location based on orders placed. At a service on Dec. 15, seven ceremonial wreaths will be dedicated at each cemetery, one each to represent Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and POW/MIA. Following the dedication, other sponsored wreaths will be laid on veterans’ graves.

For those who are interested in honoring a veteran in either Greenwood, St. Peter and/or St. John Evangelical Lutheran cemeteries or participating in the ceremonies, contact Sandra Snow at snowsis3@yahoo.com. The deadline to secure a wreath and grave marking in advance of the dedication service in December is Thursday.

For more information about participation, history and serving as a volunteer for Wreaths Across America, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org.