Volunteers Lay Wreaths Saturday at Local Cemeteries
Five local organizations collected donations, purchased live balsam wreaths, and placed them Saturday (Dec. 19, 2020), to decorate the graves of 1,083 veterans interred at cemeteries in Pottstown, Limerick, East Coventry, Boyertown, and Collegeville, the national Wreaths Across America non-profit group reported.
Included among 2,557 sites nationwide where volunteers laid wreaths during the annual observance of “National Wreaths Across America Day” were Temple United Methodist Church in Pottstown, Limerick Garden of Memories in Limerick, Ellis Woods Road Revolutionary Cemetery in East Coventry, Fairview Cemetery in Boyertown, and Saint James Episcopal Church Cemetery in Collegeville.
The wreath-laying ceremony began in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery (at top), with an effort by a Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester. It has since expanded to every state, and this year honored 1.7 million veterans by placing wreaths on their headstones and saying each recipient’s name out loud, it added.
Locally and elsewhere, participating volunteers said they safely presented each wreath following Centers for Disease Control guidelines to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
“The determination of the American people and their commitment … made it possible for us to move forward this year, safely,” according to Wreaths Across American Executive Director Karen Worcester. “We are humbled and forever grateful for the outpouring of support from all across the country.”
Photos supplied by Wreaths Across America