CLINTON TOWNSHIP – The Wreaths Across America ceremony is similar to other national events that recognize the United States military in May and November, with one significant difference. Unlike Memorial Day, first observed in 1868, and Veterans Day, with its 100-year tradition, Wreaths Across America came into existence in 2007, 15 years after holiday wreaths were first donated and placed on the graves of soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
On Saturday, December 19, at noon, Clinton Township will hold its tribute to Wreaths Across America at the American Veterans Memorial section of Resurrection Cemetery, located at 18201 Clinton River Road, in Clinton Township.
"Wreaths Across America is about remembering our fallen U.S. veterans, honoring those who currently serve, and teaching our children the values of freedom," said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon.
Cannon will welcome dignitaries attending the event, following opening remarks by event organizer Karene Straffon. Guests include Doug "Odie" Slocum, Brigadier General (Ret), USAF, and Gold Star family members Mike and Carol Lilly, parents of SGT Joe Lilly, who died in 2012 in Afghanistan during active duty Operation Enduring Freedom.
Christina England will sing the Star-Spangled Banner, and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 will lay a wreath dedicated to the Michigan POWs and MIAs at the Vietnam monument.
Resurrection Cemetery invites the public to events hosted throughout the year on Memorial Day, Patriots Day, and Veterans Day. For more information, call 586-286-9020 or visit www.mtelliott.com/veterans-day.