Delaware News

VFW's wreaths honor Oak Grove's veterans

By ANDREW KING
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Following a tradition that began at Arlington National Cemetery in 1992, a local VFW post hopes to decorate the graves of 97 soldiers in Oak Grove Cemetery's Soldiers Circle for the holidays.

Marty Crawford, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3297 in Delaware, gave a presentation on the topic at Delaware City Council's meeting Monday, Nov. 11.

The VFW's goal, working with Wreaths Across America, is to emulate Worcester Wreath Co.'s actions in 1992, when it used a surplus of wreaths to cover the soldiers' gravesites in one of the country's most-recognizable cemeteries.

Ladies Auxiliary President Marci Young called Wreaths Across America "a program to help educate youth of our history and honor veterans so no veteran is forgotten for their service and sacrifice to this great nation.

"Our goal is to cover the 97 graves with wreaths for the holidays," Crawford said.

Ninety-six of the soldiers buried in Oak Grove fought in the Civil War; the other was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, Crawford said.

2013 will mark the first attempt to implement the program in Delaware. Crawford said the group's goal is to have every wreath covered by a donation or purchase of the $15 decoration.

At noon Dec. 14, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at Soldiers Circle. Crawford said the choir group Sweet Adelines will perform during the ceremony at the graveyard, 334 S. Sandusky St.

Wreaths can be ordered at wreathsacrossamerica.org or by calling Young at 740-971-7421 or Crawford at 740-369-9786. Monetary donations will be accepted through Dec. 2.

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