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 Saturday, December 16, 2017 

 

at Noon

Somers North, Center, and West Cemeteries

[Ceremony begins at Noon at North Cemetery (corner of Springfield & Stebbins Roads, followed by Center Cemetery, 81 Battle Street, followed by West Cemetery, 450 Main Street, Somers, CT]

 

 

Somers has been a part of the "Wreaths Across America" program since 2013, to honor our veterans laid to rest in Somers' cemeteries. This December, wreaths that have been sponsored by friends and families of our honored veterans will then be distributed or placed on the individual graves in memory of our honored veterans. There will also be wreaths provided to the Somers American Legion, who in turn will participate in a short ceremony which will be conducted in each of the town's cemeteries and our war memorials in memory of those lives given in defense of our country as well as to honor those veterans that have served their country. 

 

Please watch the video about "Wreaths Across America"

Groups or organizations who would like to help us remember and honor veterans laid to rest in our cemeteries or by those individuals wishing to sponsor a wreath for placement on the grave of their loved one can do so by selecting the following link:  

 

Click Here to Order a Wreath to be placed in the Somers Cemeteries (North Cemetery, West Cemetery, Center Cemetery)

 

CLICK HERE TO ORDER A WREATH IN SOMERS

 

Wreaths Across America™ (WAA) is a non-profit organization founded by the Worcester family in 2007 as a result of interest in their Arlington Wreath Project. In 2008 and 2009 the United States Congress unanimously decreed the second Saturday of December as Wreaths Across America Day. 

For the last several years the local community, the Somers American Legion, non-profits, schools, and the public have worked
very hard to try and meet the goal of having a wreath to lay at each and every veteran’s grave site in our cemeteries. With the
help of the community, we are getting closer and closer to reaching our goal. In 2013, we were able to sponsor 25 wreaths.
In 2014, we were able to sponsor 45.  In 2015, we were closer sponsoring over 65 wreaths. In 2016, we were able to reach
our goal of 85 wreaths. In 2017, our goal is 100 wreaths. We have more than 1000 veteran’s buried in our local cemeteries in
Somers. Won’t you consider sponsoring a wreath this year?
 
The Wreaths Across America Story (www.wreathsacrossamerica.org)
 
Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, was a 12 year old paper boy for the Bangor Daily
News when he won a trip to Washington D.C. His first trip to our nation’s capital was one he would never forget, and Arlington
National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him. This experience followed him throughout his life and
successful career in business, reminding him that his good fortune was due, in large part, to the values of this nation and the
Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their Country. In 1992, Worcester Wreath found themselves with a surplus of
wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington, Worcester realized he had
an opportunity to honor our country’s Veterans. With the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for t
he wreaths to be placed at Arlington in one of the older sections of the cemetery, a section which had been receiving fewer
visitors with each passing year.
 

                          

 
                             

 

 

                                  Video: The Wreaths Across America Story

 

WAA’s mission, Remember, Honor and Teach, is carried out in part by placing wreaths on veterans’ graves and having simultaneous ceremonies during the holiday season at locations all over the country and beyond. WAA ceremonies are held at over 500 locations in the USA and 24 offshore sites. WAA also organizes a week of events including international veteran’s tributes, ceremonies at State Houses and a week-long “Veteran’s Parade” between Maine and Virginia stops are made along the way to spread the message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.

 

            Video: Patriot Guard Riders Escort Wreaths to Veteran's Cemetery 

For more information on Wreaths Across America:

http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/. 

For more information on Somers American Legion Post 101: http://www.SomersPost101.org/.

                Contact the Post if you'd like us to order the wreath for you

                                                           Toll Free: (888) 240-8188