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Special project concludes with wreath removal

Volunteers spent part of Saturday afternoon taking down the evergreen wreaths that were placed on the graves at the Soldier’s Plot at Woodland Cemetery during the holidays for Wreaths Across America.

“Linda (Dalton) and I started this, but wouldn’t be able to do it by ourselves,” Juanita Southers said. “Everyone joined in and now it’s become a community project, almost a county wide project. People come from all over to help out with it.”

Southers and Dalton brought the national event, which started at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, to the Woodland Cemetery in Ironton three years ago after attending at Arlington.

About 20 volunteers, including two Boy Scout troops, helped Saturday with the cleanup, marking the end of another year of Wreaths Across America.

Southers said Judge O. Clark Collins’ municipal court community service work program was set to pick up the wreaths to be disposed of.