Wreath Laying Ceremony at Maplewood Cemetery on Dec. 17

By Martha Jacob –

image_528The Ripley-Lieutenant Byrd Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will hold a very special Wreath Laying Ceremony at Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17.
DAR would like to invite the community to the first annual Remembrance Wreath Laying Ceremony.
“The National Wreaths Across America Day is held every year,” said Betty Campbell, “The ceremony will be held at the entrance of the beautiful Maplewood Cemetery.
This time is a time to remember all our U.S. Veterans, to honor all those who have served and to help teach our children the value of freedom.”
The tradition of laying wreaths to honor our veterans during the holiday season began in 1992, when Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Company was stuck with a number of extra wreaths at the close of the holiday season.
Remembering a boyhood trip to the Nation’s Capital, and the sacred grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, he donated 5,000 wreaths to be placed at the headstones of an older section of the cemetery.
What began as one man’s gesture in 1992, has now grown into a national movement.
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, are held at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and 24 national veteran cemeteries on foreign soil.
“This is Ripley’s second year to participate in this event and we will be placing seven wreaths at the entrance for each branch of the military,” Campbell said. “the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, United States Air Force, United States Coast Guard and the United States Merchant Marines.”
There are many families who will have an empty seat at the dinner table this holiday season, for one who is away serving or for one who made the ultimate sacrifice.  DAR members think there is no better time of year to take the time, amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, to stop and count the blessings everyone enjoys in this land of the free – and to appreciate the high cost of freedom for which it was purchased.
DAR invites everyone to come out for this brief remembrance ceremony.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War.
With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org.