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American Legion & VFW to conduct a wreath laying ceremony at LB Cemetery to honor deceased veterans

Long Beach Mayor and Board of Alderman approved the American Legion and VFW request to conduct a wreath laying ceremony at the Long Beach Cemetery to honor deceased veterans Saturday, December 18, 2021 as part of the nationwide Wreaths Across America program.

This year, National Wreaths Across America day will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2021. This will be the fourth year VFW Post 3937 and American Legion Post 1995 will be participating in the national program. The ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm on December 18 at the Long Beach City Cemetery. The public is invited to attend the ceremony; volunteers who would like to assist in the wreath laying are welcome. Volunteers are necessary for a successful wreath laying ceremony.

In December 1992, wreath maker Morrill Worcester found himself with a surplus of 5,000 wreaths during the holiday season. Worcester saw the surplus as an opportunity to pay tribute to our country's veterans and arranged for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington National Cemetery. The annual tribute to our country's veterans has continued ever since, touching the lives of millions of veterans' families and volunteers, growing in scope through the years.

In 2007, the Worcester family along with veterans and volunteers formed the non-profit organization Wreaths Across America to expand their efforts and to support those around the country who wished to do the same. Wreaths Across America's mission is simple: Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve, and Teach the next generation about the value of freedom. In 2020, Wreaths Across America and its national network of volunteers, in spite of Covid-19 restrictions, placed approximately 1.7 million veterans' wreaths at more than 2,500 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

In 2020, with the financial support of businesses, organizations, veterans’ families and friends, we were able to lay a wreath at every one of the more than 200 known veteran’s gravesites in around Long Beach. We intend to do the same this year. If you know of a veteran at the cemetery who does not have a gravesite indication that he/she is a veteran, please let us know so that we can ensure that he/she also receives a wreath.

Each hand made, fresh, live wreath costs $15 and is made in the USA with Maine balsam. The Long Beach City Cemetery will be the location of the wreath laying ceremony. Wreaths for veterans interred at other Long Beach and neighboring cemeteries can also be sponsored and picked up the afternoon of December 18th. If you wish to remember and honor our deceased veterans, sponsorships and donations can be accepted until December 18th and should be

· mailed or delivered to VFW Post 3937, 213 Klondyke Road, Long Beach MS 39560

· mailed to American Legion Post 1995, PO Box 550, Long Beach MS 39560

If sponsoring, please let us know who you are sponsoring.

The event’s point of contact is Charles Martinek who can be reached at (228) 236-4200 charlesmartinek66@gmail.com. Thank you for your consideration and to all participants.

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