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Local Civil Air Patrol unit participating in wreath-laying salute to veterans

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Local Civil Air Patrol unit participating in wreath-laying salute to veterans

Webb City, MO — Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Col. Travis Hoover Composite Squadron are proud to partner once more with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that recognizes U.S. military veterans who have guarded and preserved America’s freedom by placing remembrance wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the year end holiday season.

“We are able to live as we do because of the sacrifices of these men and women,” said Lt. Col. Wayne Merritt of Civil Air Patrol’s Maine Wing, who first involved CAP in Wreaths Across America. “We are able to speak freely and go as we please. We must never stop thanking our veterans. They must never be forgotten.”

By placing remembrance wreaths on the graves of military veterans during the holiday season, Wreaths Across America seeks to remember, honor and teach others about the courage and sacrifices of the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Wreaths Across America culminates this year on Dec. 14 with an estimated 10,000 volunteers placing wreaths on grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery and many of Arlington’s memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknowns. Simultaneous ceremonies will be held throughout the day at 800-plus veterans’ cemetery or war memorial sites in all 50 states, as well as 20 foreign locations.

Civil Air Patrol is the largest group fundraising for Wreaths Across America, and its members also lead or participate, often with color and honor guards, in many of the ceremonies at war memorials and cemeteries held nationwide and abroad. Officers and cadets from nearly 400 CAP squadrons, including the Col. Travis Hoover Composite Squadron, are signed up to organize National Wreaths Across America Day observances on Dec. 14 in their regions, states and communities.

“CAP members help lead the way by selling wreath sponsorships and coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies,” said Col. J.D. Ellis, CAP’s 2013 national Wreaths Across America coordinator. “Like Wreaths Across America, we take pride in honoring those who have served our country,” said Ellis. “This is our way of expressing our appreciation and paying tribute for the sacrifices made for our country by our service men and women.”

The local ceremony will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery’s Veterans Memorial at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 14. Participants in the ceremony will include a CAP Color Guard, American Legion Post 13 Veterans Guard, and the Patriot Guard Riders.

Visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org for more information about Wreaths Across America and participating locations.

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