National Wreaths Across America Day Event for American Veterans

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(Yoni Mayeri, Photographer)
Local veterans buried at the historic Lafayette Cemetery will be honored on Saturday, Dec. 17, with wreaths at noon.

    This year, National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, Dec. 17 at 12 p.m. at the historic Lafayette Cemetery, 3285 Mount Diablo Blvd.
    Each year, millions of Americans come together to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and their families and teach the next generation about the value of freedom.
    This gathering of volunteers and patriots takes place in local and national cemeteries in all 50 states – most recently at more than 3,100 participating locations – as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.
    Hosted by the Acalanes Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) this is a free and public ceremony. The ceremony will include a Presentation of Colors by the VFW Post 8063 Color Guard, military wreath-laying by service members and veterans and comments by emcee, Scott Butler, DAR Regent Mary Carrillo and other dignitaries.  
    Following the ceremony, wreaths get placed at the graves of nearly 300 veterans who lie at rest. The public is invited to assist Scout Troop 284 place the wreaths as they say each veteran’s name out loud to honor the individuals.
    Learn more about the event at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/CA0565.

Vanessa Crews can be reached at vcrews@mac.com.

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