Wreath ceremony is rescheduled Saturday

Posted: December 19, 2013

The Winchester Star

Civil Air Patrol Cadets of the Winchester Composite Squadron take part in Wreaths Across America last year. The ceremony will take place Saturday at the National Cemetery in Winchester.

Winchester — A local observance of a national military ceremony will be marked Saturday after being postponed a week due to inclement weather.

The Civil Air Patrol Cadets of the Winchester Composite Squadron will place hundreds of wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers buried in Winchester National Cemetery on National Avenue to honor their service in the local observance of Wreaths Across America at noon Saturday, said Gladys Sneed, second lieutenant of the squadron.

The ceremony was rescheduled from Dec. 14 due to a snow and ice storm.

The squadron requested and was given permission to postpone its observance at the national ceremony, which was held simultaneously last Saturday in cemeteries in all 50 states, according to its Facebook page.

Wreaths Across America works to remember fallen heroes, honor those serving now, and teach children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve their freedoms.

The event is free and open to the public with the cadets starting to lay wreaths at about 10:30 a.m. and the ceremony at noon.

Wreath were sponsored at $15 each, and a portion of the proceeds will be used to support the Winchester Squadron, which has about 50 cadets, she said.

The ceremony will feature special guest speakers who will talk about their military experience, Sneed said.

In addition to the wreaths the cadets and volunteer groups help place on individual graves, an active or retired member of each branch of the armed forces will be present to lay a wreath for that group, she said.

Information

The public may help with the wreath-laying beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and attend the ceremony at noon at the National Cemetery on National Avenue in Winchester.

Contact the Winchester Composite Squadron at capwinsqdn@gmail.com or visit vawg.cap.gov/winchester.

— Contact Laura McFarland at lmcfarland@winchesterstar.com