Wreaths Across America ceremony set for Dec. 16

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The Rotary Club of Magnolia will be sponsoring the Wreaths Across America at the Fort Lawton Post National Cemetery in Discovery Park, Magnolia on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 9 a.m. This is part of a national program to honor our veterans at Christmas.

Wreaths Across America began 20 years ago when the veterans’ graves at Arlington National Cemetery were decorated with donated excess wreaths by a Tree Farm in Maine. That first donation event gained national attention, and the following years it became a holiday event that spread throughout the country as well as Military Cemetery overseas.  Four cemeteries in the greater Seattle area participate in this event.  

The Rotary Club of Magnolia organizes this event at Fort Lawton Post National Cemetery and the goal is to decorate the 632 veterans’ graves.  This event is held simultaneously across the nation.  The ceremony at Fort Lawton will start at 9:00am.  There will be a short program followed by the laying of the wreaths.  The public are invited to lay wreaths on the graves.  Please sign up at the website noted website below.

This event depends on donations to fund the purchase of the wreaths.  A donation of $17.00 will purchase one wreath.  A donation of $85 (5 wreaths) or more will be acknowledged in our program. Please consider sponsoring a wreath(s) by making a donation and then plan to attend the event as part of your holiday activities. You may donate at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/WA0158P.

Nov. 28 is the deadline for donations, so they may be shipped in time for the ceremony.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Magnolia community through Rotary, contact the Rotary Club of Magnolia at info@magnoliarotary.org