Wreaths ceremony important

Published 11:10 am Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Remember. Honor. Teach.

That’s the mission of the national Wreaths Across America movement, and it’s one that local organizers have taken to heart.

This year will mark the third year Lawrence County residents Linda Dalton and Juanita Southers have worked to organize and raise money so that each grave in the Soldiers Plot of Woodland Cemetery will have a Christmas wreath displayed, honoring the sacrifices of those buried there.

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The Wreaths Across America ceremony will take place this Saturday at Woodland Cemetery, as well as at hundreds of other cemeteries, including Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

In their first year organizing the event, Southers and Dalton raised more than $2,500 and placed more than 200 wreaths at Woodland.

This year, about $7,300 was raised and will go toward the purchase of 1,000 wreaths in the Soldiers Plot.

While it is obvious the two women are passionate about this project and the mission of remembering and honoring our county’s veterans, the community’s response to this effort shows just how much residents in Lawrence County value its service men and women.

The ceremony starts at noon on Saturday and we encourage everyone to attend so that our veterans may not be forgotten during the holidays.