Wreaths Across America Finds Mass Donor in W’ville
By Eugenia Moskowitz
Every December, Washingtonville historian Linda Standish, the VFW Auxiliary, and the Booming Grove/Washigtonville Chamber of Commerce partners with Wreaths Across America to place wreaths on each of the tombstones marking the graves of the 255 veterans buried at Washingtonville All Faiths Cemetery.
Laying of wreaths begins at West Point – Photo by Bob McCormick
This year, by the end of November, only 22 wreaths had been purchased. Reading about the dismal fact that so few wreaths had been sold, Doug Casscles of Black Rock Excavating bought up the remaining 233 wreaths in one mass purchase and, with no fanfare, sent a private message to Washingtonville village trustee Val Laudato informing her that he had done so.
“When he messaged me, I was floored,” Laudato said. “It’s yet another example of the amazing village we live in.”
Wreath placing will take place on December 15, when volunteers will meet at First Presbyterian Church at 11:45 a.m. and walk across Goshen Avenue through the path to the cemetery. The general public is welcome to come lend a hand placing the wreaths at every veteran’s gravestone. The wreaths will remain until the Christmas season is over, and then will be removed.
On December 15 wreaths will be placed at gravesites all across America
Photos by Bob McCormick