Daughters of the American Revolution Place Wreaths on 290 Graves

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(Yoni Mayeri, Photographer)

    For the second year in a row, Acalanes DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Chapter will place wreaths on 290 veteran graves at Lafayette Cemetery, 3285 Mt. Diablo Blvd., for Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 18. The ceremony begins at noon, followed by wreath placements.
    The free event is open to everyone in the community, and all are encouraged to learn about Wreaths Across America’s yearlong mission to remember the fallen, honor those who served and their families and teach the next generation about the value of freedom.
    There are 290 veterans buried in the historic Lafayette Cemetery. Local members of DAR are raising funds to place a wreath on each veteran’s headstone. To sponsor a wreath, visit http://www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/CA0565.
    Orinda resident and Regent of the Acalanes DAR Chapter, Mary Carrillo said this event is special to her.
    “My 18-year-old nephew, Army PFC Steven J. Walberg-Riotto, was killed in Baghdad in 2007, and my son Luke Carrillo (Miramonte Class of 2012) consequently joined the Marines,” she said. “Remembrance wreaths are a beautiful tribute to local veterans and a wonderful way of honoring those who sacrificed so much for our nation.”
    For more information, contact Terry Lucido at 650.804.2564, tlachenb@aol.com, or visit Acalanes DAR at www.Acalanes.CaliforniaDAR.org. Please visit http://www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/CA0565 for safety regulation updates.

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