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Wreaths to honor 2300 fallen heroes in Ottawa County

15 December 2017

"We will have active-duty members of all branches of the military on hand for the wreath presentations".

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Volunteers from Wreaths Across America and Gulfview United Methodist Church prepared for Saturday's laying ceremony Wednesday and Kent-Forest Lawn Cemetery in Panama City.

Wreaths Across America of Bay County raised more than $16,000 to lay wreaths this season.

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"The wreaths are shipped from ME, and different companies volunteer their time to drop them off", Swoboda explained. The public may participate in the event on December 16, which begins with an opening ceremony in front of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial near the main gates of Arlington Cemetery at 8:15 a. m. Instructions will be provided to those who volunteer to lay and remove wreaths; wreath distribution will begin at 9:15 a. m.

National nonprofit "Wreaths Across America" is offering a new sponsorship opportunity called Rolling Ambassadors that is available to professional truck drivers and others.

Wreaths Across America was started in 1992 by Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company in ME, when he realized he had a surplus of merchandise nearing the end of the holiday season. The ceremony will take place at Memorial Cemetery.

Wreaths Across America's volunteers are encouraged to say aloud the names of the veterans at whose graves they lay wreaths.

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Each headstone represents a person who was someone's son or daughter, mother or father, grandfather or grandmother, she said.

Those interested in volunteering for Wreaths Across America, either locally or at Arlington National Cemetery, are invited to visit the website to learn more.

Betson said she was amazed by the phone calls and donations received, with some supporters going back to their organizations such as churches, Scout troops and veterans groups, asking them to give more.

Allred said she hopes people will be inspired and it will continue to spread. They are thanked for their service and are told they will not be forgotten.

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The ceremony for the event itself will be held in the church, and representatives from all the armed forces, including one for soldiers missing in action or prisoners of war, will be on site.

Wreaths to honor 2300 fallen heroes in Ottawa County