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Montevideo American-News
  • Wreaths will brighten Sunset Cemetery, set alongside white crosses

  • Come Dec. 14, Sunset Cemetery will be adorned with the holiday spirit as a special way to honor veterans. American Legion Lee Osborn Post 59 will be placing wreaths at the white crosses at Sunset Cemetery, as well as a wreath at each of the other local and rural cemeteries where flags are placed on Memorial Day.
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  • Come Dec. 14, Sunset Cemetery will be adorned with the holiday spirit as a special way to honor veterans. American Legion Lee Osborn Post 59 will be placing wreaths at the white crosses at Sunset Cemetery, as well as a wreath at each of the other local and rural cemeteries where flags are placed on Memorial Day.
    This tribute is part of the Wreaths across America program, a tribute which started in 1992 when the Worcester Wreath Company had excess wreaths. That first year, 5,000 were donated to one of the older sections of Arlington National  Cemetery, and since then, the annual tribute has grown all across the country, to cities looking for a way to help honor veterans over the holidays. Over 740 cemeteries are included in the memorial, 17 of which are in Minnesota. Over 320,000 memorial wreaths were laid in 2011; The entire process was operated by volunteers, including transportation of wreaths to designated locations.
    “From one generation to another, we will never forget that the freedoms we enjoy came at such a great cost,” said Marv Garbe with the American Legion. “That is the message that Wreaths Across America would share with all veterans.”
    Last year, many locals donated money to place wreaths at local cemeteries. Due to a mix up, the correct number of wreaths were not shipped. American Legion Post 59 will again place wreaths at the cemeteries this year at their cost, and apologize for last year.
    “American Legion Post 59 wants to give special thanks to those individuals and businesses that contributed to this project last year. Your gracious donations are greatly appreciated,” Garbe said.
    After taking a recent count, it appears there will be additional wreaths left over this year. Those that donated wreaths can pick them up at the American Legion after 3 p.m. on Dec. 14.

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