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Wreaths Across America Comes to Delaware

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DOVER, Del. - The Delaware General Assembly welcomes the public to its first Wreaths Across America ceremony next month.

As part of a weeklong celebration of the country's veterans and their service to the United States, the State House will host the event on December 8 at noon.

Volunteers at the capitols of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. will conduct ceremonies that week, emphasizing the importance of family during the holidays.

“This nationwide program is about 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,” said Event Coordinator Lori Christiansen.

Fittingly, the program's motto is “Remember, Honor, Teach.”

Morrill Worcester originated the wreath-laying ceremony. He was the owner of a wreath-making company in Maine who donated and delivered wreaths to the Arlington National Cemetery in 1991 to be placed on the graves of the fallen.

Local participants will include the Commission of Veterans Affairs, Eagle Cadet Squadron 007 of the Civil Air Patrol, state and local elected officials, Chaplain Quentin Genke of Dover AFB, Bells of Praise Handbell Choir, the Presbyterian Church of Dover, the VFW State Color Guard, First State Young Marines and children from Holy Cross Elementary School.

Wreaths will be laid at three locations: the Dover Light Infantry Memorial Wreath by Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, the World War II Memorial by WWII veteran Cornelius C. “Bill” Carroll and at the Medal of Honor Memorial by William C. Farley, vice chair of the Delaware Veterans Commission. Dave Skocik, president of the Delaware Veterans Coalition, will provide welcoming remarks.

“The simple act of laying these wreaths will honor their legacies and serve as a visible reminder of their sacrifices,” said State Representative Earl Jaques, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

Delaware Senator Bruce C. Ennis, the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, agreed.

“Delaware is proud to participate in the Wreaths Across America Program at its capital in Dover,” he said. “The mission is to remember, honor and teach, by laying wreaths at the capitals in all 50 states, as well as at Arlington and all veterans cemeteries."

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