Preparations are underway for the annual Wreaths Across America program, in which memorial wreaths will be placed on the graves of U.S. veterans in over 1,400 cemeteries including the Rome area.
Local veterans will be remembered with wreath placements Dec. 14 at noon, according to an announcement by the Greater Rome-Utica Chapter of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).
The public is invited to the events at any of the Rome cemeteries. Family friends or friends of deceased veterans are encouraged to attend and participate in placing wreaths.
The program’s mission is to remember fallen veterans, honor those serving in the military and their families, and teach youth about the value of freedom, said the local MOAA chapter. The ceremonies have been organized by the chapter in conjunction with the staffs of local cemeteries and the Westernville American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, with the help of the national Wreaths Across America organization.
Wreaths can be purchased by individuals, businesses and organizations for placement on veterans’ graves. A portion of the proceeds go to the local MOAA chapter to help in funding four Junior ROTC units at Rome Free Academy, Proctor and Notre Dame high schools in Utica, and Central Valley Academy along with other youth and veterans’ groups.
For more information, contact Joe Maurer, president of the local MOAA chapter, at email@example.com or 315-725-9673.