‘Wreaths Across America Day’ celebration honors fallen community heroes

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CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– Dec. 18 marked “Wreaths Across America Day,” which serves to remember those who have made sacrifices in war. Clearfield County citizens held their ceremony to celebrate the occasion.

Nearly 30 first responder vehicles escorted the wreaths to the Buleah Cemetery in Ramey, where the ceremony took place. This year’s ceremony had 200 wreaths for veterans, the largest number the organization has laid.

The Clearfield County organization started its ceremonies nine years ago and has seen tremendous growth in recent years. Members involved in the ceremony say it is a testament to how much the community honors its fallen heroes.

Location Coordinator Robin Bowser was impressed with this year’s turnout. She described how it’s often to forget the ones that fought or are fighting for the county during the holiday.

“We don’t let up,” Bowser said. “The more we tell the community about it, I hope the program grows, and more cemeteries get involved.”

Wreath Across America has the mission to remember, honor, and teach. That means remembering those that have served and fallen. Then, honor those who are currently serving. Lastly, teaching children the values of freedom.

In Virginia, the Arlington National Cemetery had around 40,000 volunteers and hung more than 150,000 wreaths to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Nationally, Wreaths Across America had volunteers go to about 31,000 cemeteries.

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