Anyone who wants to sign up for a program to honor US military veterans during the holiday season can do so by partnering with a local community organization.
The Perry Rotary Club is hosting its third annual Wreaths Across America event at noon on Dec. 17 Calvary Cemetery, 3469 Lincoln Way E. For $15, you can purchase a wreath to be placed on a military vet’s grave.
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Perry Rotary member and Past President Steve Toohey encourages people to take part in the free event, and hopes for a generous turnout. Dec. 17 were selected as national All-America Day crowns.
“When you put a wreath on an old grave, it’s probably the best Christmas gift you can give,” said Toohey, who is also the coordinator of Operation: Flags of Freedom in Stark County.
Wreaths Across America is a collaborative effort across the US and overseas to honor those who have served in uniform.
Perry Rotary has approximately 1,900 Christmas wreaths collected so far
The Perry Rotary Club has so far collected about 1,900 wreaths to be placed at Calvary Cemetery, according to Toohey. The goal is to reach 2,500, the number of veterans buried at the site.
In addition to purchasing the $15 wreaths, the group is looking for volunteers to participate in the ceremony and place wreaths on the graves.
The deadline to purchase a wreath for the December party is Nov. 27. Anyone interested should call Toohey at 330-904-3651.
Canton Daughters of the American Revolution
The Canton Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is also working with Wreaths Across America to ensure that all veterans resting at the Henry Warstler Cemetery in Plain Township are honored on December 17th.
This group, along with the Plain Township Rotary, was taking orders for Wreaths Across America.
Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America said: “Every $15 wreath donation is a meaningful gift from a grateful American who knows what it means to serve and sacrifice for freedom. which we all enjoy.” “We are so grateful to the good people of this beautiful community for participating in our Remember, Honor and Teach project.”
Last year, ceremonies were held nationwide at more than 3,100 participating locations, placing 2.4 million wreaths for veterans.
Volunteers are also needed on December 17th to help with the wreath laying.
For more information, to donate or to register to volunteer, please visit www.WrethsAcrossAmerica.org/OH0124P