Local Civil Air Patrol Members Honor Veterans Through Wreaths Across America

Nevada Wing to participate in Wreath Laying Ceremonies in Boulder City, Fernley and Winnemucca.
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Nov. 21, 2011 - PRLog -- November 22, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Nevada Wing remembered the sacrifices of veterans who were laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery and Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City NV, as part of nationwide Wreaths Across America observances Dec. 10. Wreath-laying ceremonies will culminate with a nationwide moment of remembrance at 9:00 AM PST.

This small gesture and tradition began more than 15 years ago and continues today with Wreaths Across America’s mission to “remember-honor-teach:

• Remember the fallen
• Honor those who have served
• Teach our children that freedom isn’t free

The wing’s Henderson Composite Squadron, Jim Bridger Middle School and Jack Schofield Middle School Squadrons and Nellis Composite Squadron will lay wreaths to honor local veterans.

Wing personnel will also participate in ceremonies at Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Fernley Nevada and Winnemucca Municipal Cemetery, Winnemucca NV.

Through Wreaths Across America, Civil Air Patrol joins with Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine, in remembering our nation’s departed veterans.

Wreaths Across America began in 2006 as an offshoot of the Arlington National Cemetery wreath project, which was started in 1992 with the annual placement of wreaths donated by Worcester Wreath Co. Wreaths Across America ceremonies were conducted largely by CAP wings and squadrons with the help of veterans’ organizations; private citizens; the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C., which annually assists with the laying of wreaths at Arlington; and the Patriot Guard Riders. In its first year, Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremonies were held at more than 240 national and state veterans’ cemeteries across the country and in Puerto Rico.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 113 lives in fiscal year 2010. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the more than 26,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 70 years. It is a major partner with Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. For more information on Civil Air Patrol, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.


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