Wreaths Across America Ceremonies Held
At County Veterans Memorial Cemetery & Area Towns
Approximately 3,000 wreaths were laid during the ceremony by more than 200 volunteers at the 19-acre Veterans Memorial Cemetery which has 12,500 plots. About 3,400 men and women are buried there, including 2,700 veterans. More than 1,200 cemeteries across the nation participated in the event on Saturday, with volunteers laying approximately 700,000 wreaths.
Washingtonville Celebrates Laying of Veterans Wreaths Across America
By Eugenia Moskowitz
Wreaths Across America is an annual event very close to Washingtonville village historian Linda Standish’s heart. Each year she coordinates wreaths to be purchased and laid at 225 veterans’ stones at Washingtonville All-Faiths Cemetery. But this year, extra wreaths purchased meant more wreaths could be laid, some at St. Mary’s Cemetery and some at the Veterans’ Memorial stones on West Main Street.
Following the Washingtonville High School JROTC and assorted Boy Scouts, a large group crossed Goshen Avenue from the First Presbyterian Church into the cemetery, where the ceremony and wreath-laying took place at noon on Dec. 15.
CAPTION 1: The presentation of colors at Washingtonville All-Faiths Cemetery. (Photo by Laurie Baisley)
CAPTION 3: Washingtonville resident Scott Mann and one of his three children hold their wreaths before placing them. (Photo provided)
CAPTION 4: Wreaths were placed at cemeteries across Orange County, including at the Veterans’ Cemetery in Goshen. (Photo by Karen Edwards)
New Windsor American Legion and Sons of the America Legion 1796,New Windsor served hot cider and donuts to more than one thousand volunteers that were at the Veterans Cemetery on Goshen on December 15. Christine Farrell Orange County Veteran Office greeted the crowd and asked them to honor our Veterans every day. The Minisink Jr. ROTC placed wreaths on stands for every Armed Service Branch of the United States. After the Ceremony all the volunteers picked up wreaths and placed them on all the Veterans Graves in the Cemetery. Nam Knights raised money this year so that every Veterans Grave would receive a wreath. (Honor Guard at Goshen Veterans Memorial Cemetery, POW wreath and veterans served cider and donuts photos by Bob McCormick.)