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Wreaths laid on graves of veterans at Woodlawn Cemetery

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Updated Dec 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM

More than 300 wreaths were laid on veterans graves Saturday at Woodlawn Cemetery in Norwalk.

It was all part of the Wreaths Across America event. The Sally DeForest Daughters of American Revolution coordinated the event in Norwalk. The wreaths cost $15 apiece and the local DAR chapter solicited donations to help cover the cost.

More than 40 people attended the event in Norwalk on a cold, snowy Saturday.

Local DAR member Trudy Anderson emceed the event. This, in part, is what she said:

“We are gathered here today at this memorial site and at memorial sites across America to remember that we are one nation with one flag. We all are proud to be Americans who live in a free society make up of many people, many races, from many walks of life. The freedoms we enjoy today have not come without a price. Lying here before us and in cemeteries throughout this nation and overseas are men and women who gave their lives that we can live in freedom without fear.

“We can worship as we see fit. We can raise our children to believe as we do. We can travel from one end of this great nation to the other and not have to ask permission to do so. We are free to vote for whomever we feel should be in government office and we answer to no one but our own feelings. We have the right to succeed and we have the right to fail at whatever endeavor we wish to pursue.

“The United States of America was founded on the ideals of freedom, justice and equality. Our nation stands as a shining beacon of liberty and freedom to the world. We thank those who gave their lives to keep us free and we shall not forget you. We shall remember.”

Seven members of the color guard presented wreaths:

• Jim Alt laid a wreath in memory of those who served and are serving in the U.S. Army.

• Jeremy Norris laid a wreath in memory of those who served and are serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

• Robert Perry laid a wreath in memory of those who served and are serving in the U.S. Navy.

• Steve Oblender laid a wreath in memory of those who served and are serving in the U.S. Air Force.

• Kelly Crouse laid a wreath in memory of those who served and are serving in the U.S. Coast Guard.

• Bob Nickles laid a wreath in memory of those who served and are serving in the U.S. Merchant Marines.

• Dean Hales laid a wreath in remembrance in honor of thise 93,129 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen from all branches of the service whose last known status was either prisoner of war or missing in action. Those individuals have never returned to their families and homes.

“The wreaths before you represent our commitment as a united America to remember the fallen,” Anderson said. “We also want these remembrance wreaths to symbolize our honor to those who have served or are serving in the armed forces or our great nation and to their families who endure sacrifices every day on our behalf. To our children, we want you to understand the freedoms you enjoy today have not been free, but have come with a cost that some day you may have to pay yourself. As a nation standing together, we can defeat terrorism, hatred and injustice. Thanks to our veterans, we have the freedom to do just that.”

For more information about Wreaths Across America, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/#our-mission.

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