MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) – This Saturday, Wreaths across America (WAA) will be returning for a third year at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Marquette. Founded in Arlington National Cemetery in 1992, the nonprofit now lays wreaths at veterans’ graves in thousands of cemeteries across the country. Saturday’s event will include a brief service at 10 a.m. in the chapel at Holy Cross Cemetery, followed by a procession to lay wreaths at various grave sites.
This year, the WAA plans to lay 47 wreaths at Marquette at the graves of veterans who received honors, died or went missing in action. However, the organization hopes that over time, this number can expand with more funding from the public.
“We have 1,400 veterans buried alone in this cemetery,” said Heather Modell, WAA Site Coordinator at Holy Cross Cemetery. “This is my third year doing this and we still don’t have enough sponsored wreaths to cover it all. Our hope is obviously that it will be possible one day, but we can use everyone’s help.”
Although you are still encouraged to register sponsor wreath at Marquette, Modell said the WAA also plans to start fundraising to fund more wreaths next year. At this time, Marquette is currently only joined by Iron Mountain as two locations in UP participate in the program, although they hope cemeteries in more places will start participating as the event becomes a tradition.
“We have Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day,” says Modell. “Those are days to honor and remember our veterans, but the holidays are also filled with families and friends who are missing the people who gave their lives for this country, and put their rings around. flowers on their graves is just a simple thing we can do.” do to honor them, especially at this time of year. “
You can learn more about WAA and how to sponsor a wreath in Marquette here.
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