Group to place wreaths at pair of cemeteries in Roanoke area on Dec. 15

National nonprofit Wreaths Across America announced on Nov. 30 that the Fort Wayne Composite Squadron and American Legion Post 160 have joined in its mission to “Remember, Honor and Teach,” marking Glenwood and Saint Joseph’s cemeteries in Roanoke as official locations for 2018.

A ceremony will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. at Lindenwood Cemetery, in Fort Wayne. The ceremony will begin at the David Ritenour Room at American Legion Post 160, 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke, and continue at Glenwood Cemetery for the placing of wreaths on the graves of fallen veterans. The wreaths have been sponsored by companies and individuals throughout Huntington County. Saint Joseph Catholic Church parishioners joined forces to sponsor wreaths for every veteran grave in their cemetery.

Since 1992, Wreaths Across America founder Morrill Worcester has always asked volunteers placing remembrance wreaths to take time to read the name on the headstone aloud. Local Civil Air Patrol Squadron Commander Anthony Vining will speak at the event.

The goal for the ceremony each year is to cover all veteran graves, and say the names of all the local heroes laid to rest there, to ensure that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of the country are not, and never will be, forgotten.

National Wreaths Across America Day is a free community event open to all people.