HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a press release from the Pine Belt Composite Squadron.
Cadets of Civil Air Patrol's Pine Belt Composite Squadron are proud to partner once more with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that recognizes U.S. military veterans who have guarded and preserved America's freedom by placing remembrance wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the yearend holiday season.
By placing remembrance wreaths on the graves of military veterans during the holiday season, Wreaths Across America and Civil Air Patrol seek to remember, honor and teach others about the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans who have served in the Armed forces. Wreaths Across America culminates this year on Dec. 13 with an estimated 20,000 volunteers placing up to 227,000 wreaths on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery and many of Arlington's memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknowns. Simultaneous ceremonies will be held throughout the day at more than 1,000 veterans' cemetery or war memorial sites in all 50 states, as well as 25 foreign locations.
Civil Air Patrol is the largest group fundraising for Wreaths Across America, and its members also lead or participate, often with color and honor guards, in many of the ceremonies at war memorials and cemeteries held nationwide and abroad. Officers and cadets from about 400 CAP squadrons, including the Pine Belt Composite Squadron in Hattiesburg, MS, are signed up to organize National Wreaths Across America Day observances on Dec. 13 at national cemeteries and war memorials in their regions, states and communities.