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Wreaths for Veterans is a wonderful cause

The approaching holiday season will come with joy, merriment — with proper COVID restrictions in place, of course — and a number of worthwhile causes that residents can help support.

One is called Wreaths for Veterans which is in its fifth year. An organizations of local representatives are partnering to raise money to lay wreaths on departed veterans. The Wreaths for Veterans group is working with Brown Funeral Home in Salem to bring a ceremony to Hope Cemetery in Salem, scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Plans are for a speaker and for “Taps” to be heard.

And, yes, it is a heckuva coincidence that 2,020 wreaths will be placed in the year 2020. Besides the Hope Cemetery observance, other wreath-placement services are scheduled: Ellsworth cemeteries, 10 a.m. Dec. 5; Berlin Center cemeteries, noon, Dec. 5; and Grandview Cemetery in Sebring, North Benton Cemetery and Bunker Hill Cemetery, all at 10 a.m., Dec. 12.

Family members will be invited to place wreaths. Contributions are being accepted. Sponsors will be listed in a program available at wreath-laying ceremonies. Wreaths for Veterans is a recognized 501(c) 3 through the IRS. Donations are being accepted from businesses, organizations and individuals.

Wreaths for Veterans contacts are Tina Imburgia, president, 330-533-0903; Sam Barnhouse, vice president, 330-277-3091; and, Salem organizers, Chris Brown and David Peterson, 330-337-6363. For organization details: www.wreathsforveterans.org and wreathsforveterans@outlook.com.

We think Wreaths for Veterans is a noble cause and we thank those involved who are willing to volunteer their time. And certainly to those who have contributed to help with the wreaths. There has never been a lack of support in our communities for those who proudly served our nation. This is a way of giving back during the season of giving. Remember, too, that the services are open to the public and those wishing to place a wreath on family member’s gravesite will be able to do so. Even if you can’t give toward a wreaths fund, we encourage you to attend pay respects.

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