Dec 10, 2011 8:49 PM
For the first year in Orland, more than 250 people assembled for the "Wreaths Across America" wreath laying ceremony at the Veterans section of Oddfellows Cemetery. Veterans were in attendance with their families and friends, to remember and honor those from all branches of the military.
Art Tefelski says, "They died for our country, some of them lived lives that were less because they were wounded or had other problems in the wars."
Jeff Hendry says, "I think its very important to respect all service people, men and women, no matter what branch you're from especially the fallen that have given up their lives for the freedom of this country."
A former marine laid one of the wreaths.He was inured in Fallujah while fighting the war in Iraq; Purple Heart recipient Jeff Hendry."Our convoy was hit by an IED and I ended up taking scrap metal the back of the head, which knocked me out" he explains.
Throughout orland's four cemeteries, 543 wreaths were placed in honor of fallen veterans. Seven of those wreaths were placed at today's ceremony. One for each branch of the military and one for prisoners of war and missing in action.
The other six represented were: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines. All seven wreaths were individually placed and flags raised during the ceremony by veterans of that branch. Following the ceremony, the Orland Fire Department placed the last 160 wreaths throughout the Veterans section of the cemetery.
The goal of Wreaths Across America is to expand the recognition of those who serve our country; both past, present, and future, as well as their families.
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