‘Wreaths across America’ ceremony set for Saturday

— A ceremony to honor deceased veterans is planned for 9 a.m. this coming Saturday.

The laying of wreaths on more than 500 Grandview veterans’ graves is the project of the Gold Star Mothers of Washington and Fred E. Hayes Post 57 of the American Legion. This marks the fourth year the “Wreaths across America” ceremony has been held at the cemetery, 603 N. Willoughby Road.

The “Wreaths Across America” ceremony will be held nationwide simultaneously at 9 a.m. local time

Local organizers’ hope to place holiday wreaths at the graves of every veteran in the Grandview Cemetery, according to Sally Van Horn, a retired U.S. Navy commander and chairwoman of the event.

“Last year, all graves had wreaths placed, but we may be short this year,” she said.

“People may have seen photos of the wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery,” Van Horn said of the ceremony. “This is the same program.”

The Lower Valley Honor Guard will present the rifle salute Saturday.

American Legion Post Commander Robert Gates hopes to have every grave honored with a wreath. He said community members in attendance are invited to help place the wreaths.

Gates noted a small portion of the proceeds from the presale of wreathes benefit Gold Star Mothers of Washington programs.

“Our post is helping with this noble project as a service project to both the Gold Star Mothers and our community,” Gates said.

The Grandview event is among the largest community events in Washington and one of very few in central Washington, he said.

The Gold Star Mothers of Washington includes mothers who have lost a child in service to their country. The local event was originated by Ginger Emerson of Grandview, whose son Matt died in Iraq.


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