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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Video: Sponsors Ensure Wreaths are Laid at Veterans Cemeteries Nationwide

Posted By on Sun, Dec 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM

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More than 3,000 wreaths were laid at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 13, each followed with a salute, as hallowed grounds across the nation were decorated for Wreaths Across America Day.

Grave markers across Idaho were decorated by holiday wreaths Saturday as members of the military were joined by hundreds of volunteers in every corner of the Gem State. The Idaho Wing Civil Air Patrol took donations from individuals and businesses to help subsidize the cost of thousands of wreaths. In Boise, KTVB-TV reports that the Boise Civil Air Patrol is still looking for sponsors to help cover the costs

Wreaths Across America began in 1992 when a Maine businessman arranged for trucks to cart thousands of wreaths from his home state to Arlington National Cemetery. Congress later proclaimed Dec. 13 as Wreaths Across America Day. And this year, that same Maine businessman—Morrill Worchester—placed the two-millionth wreath at the headstone of an American soldier.

Today there are more than 1,000 organizations that lay wreaths at more than 900 American cemeteries.

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