Holiday Wreaths to be Placed At National Cemetery in Bourne

BOURNE – Volunteers, friends and family will honor soldiers laid to rest at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne Saturday by placing thousands of holiday wreaths on grave sites.

Wreaths Across America will hold a ceremony at noon across from the main flagpole to remember and honor our veterans through the laying of remembrance wreaths and saying the name of each veteran aloud.

“It’s a very emotional situation, but it is one where people have so much to honor their country – they have given everything,” said volunteer Paul Schrader. “This is just a tiny bit that we can do to honor them.”

The event is held each December on National Wreaths Across America Day which coordinates wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery and 1,400 other locations in the U.S. and abroad.

The Massachusetts National Cemetery has supported Wreaths Across America since 2006. The first event had 200 sponsored wreaths. Last year, there were just over 21,000 sponsored wreaths – a record for the cemetery.

“It’s grown quite exponentially over the years,” said Dennis Mills, the location leader for Wreaths Across America for the Massachusetts National Cemetery.

Mills said the event really puts the sacrifice of our veterans into perspective.

Wreath sponsorships can also be made for next year’s event.

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