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|Event:||Wreaths Across America|
|Date:||December 15th, 2018.|
|Location:||Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery|
|Contact:||armon Community Funeral Homes at 860-688-2200.|
“Our December 15th ceremony will feature a color guard, readings by members of local clergy and veterans, and welcomes from local dignitaries, to be followed by a three-gun salute and the ceremonial laying of wreaths by local Boy Scout Troop 149,” explains Matthew Carmon, a third-generation funeral director at family-owned Carmon Community Funeral Home. His grandfather was the firm’s founder, Frank W. Carmon Jr., who received three Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross, among other decorations, during World War II, and this annual project is a way of remembering him and the nation’s veterans. “We are very pleased to be able to again join Wreaths Across America to pay respect to the lives and service of our local veterans.”
Windsor’s annual Wreaths Across America ceremony program began nine years ago when the national organization reached out to the Hispanic-American Veterans of Connecticut, Inc. (HAVOCT). Carmon Community Funeral Homes, Windsor American Legion Post #59, and community groups, including local Boy Scouts of America troops, then joined them and the event in the Windsor Veterans Memorial Ceremony has grown larger every year since.
Wreaths Across America, a national nonprofit organization, was founded in 2007 to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery that was started more than 20 years ago by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester. In 1992, Worcester and his company, Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Me., donated the first wreaths, numbering just 5,000, and all were placed at the national cemetery. The Wreaths Across America project has since expanded to include more than 1,000 local fundraising groups in all 50 states, representing more than 1,100 cemeteries, military memorials and other locations, along with the nation’s cemetery in Arlington, Va., and at national veterans’ cemeteries on foreign soil. In 2008, Congress issued a proclamation officially recognizing “Wreaths Across America Day” each December, this year on December 15th. The organization’s mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating these numerous wreath-laying ceremonies, and is committed to teaching younger generations about the value of their freedoms and the importance of honoring those who sacrificed so much to protect those freedoms.
For more information about the Saturday, December 15th Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery’s Wreaths Across America ceremony, contact Carmon Community Funeral Homes at 860-688-2200.
Carmon Community Funeral Homes is a 72-year-old Windsor-based family-owned firm with nine locations in North Central Connecticut: Avon; Granby; Hartford; Rockville; South Windsor; Suffield; Vernon; and Windsor (two locations), and its own on-site Mount Laurel Crematory. Visit www.CarmonFuneralHome.com