Almost 2,000 holiday wreaths laid in Lynchburg cemetery to honor fallen soldiers


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The City of Lynchburg honored our nation’s veterans on Saturday afternoon with the 12th annual Wreaths Across America celebration at Old City Cemetery.

Volunteers laid approximately 1,900 donated wreaths at the graves of 2,500 veterans in Old City Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Nearly 300 people honored Lynchburg’s fallen soldiers at the ceremony, which was organized by the local Daughters of the American Revolution and the Desmond Doss Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12179.

The ceremony also featured numerous speakers such as Mayor Treney Tweedy and President M.C. David Stokes of Chapter 196 of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

The Wreaths Across America nonprofit organization began in 1992 when Maine businessman Morrill Worcester and other volunteers decorated and laid wreaths at the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

By 2008, the tradition spread and the U.S. Congress unanimously voted for National Wreaths Across America Day to be honored each December.

This weekend, volunteers laid wreaths at soldiers’ graves at more than 1,600 locations across the country and across the globe, proving this year’s theme that “Everyone Plays a Part.”


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