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For Immediate Release
December 14, 2016

Nancy Klimek, Phone:  (308) 385-6252, ext. 458
Grand Island Veterans Home, 2300 W. Capital Avenue, Grand Island, NE  68803
Melissa Lindell, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-4047,

Wreaths Across America Ceremony in Grand Island

Remember the fallen;
Honor those who serve;
Teach our children the value of freedom.

Grand Island–The All Faiths Chapel at the Grand Island Veterans Home will be the site of a “Wreaths Across America” Ceremony on Saturday, December 17th at 11 a.m.  The public is invited to attend this ceremony, with parking available in the front drive or in the north parking lot. 

The Patriot Guard Riders are sponsoring this event, which coincides with ceremonies that are taking place at the same time across the country.  Richard Catron, Grand Island V.F.W. 1347 Post Commander, will be the keynote speaker.  Members of the Armed Forces will place remembrance wreaths for each branch of the military, as well as one for our POW/MIA’s and KIA’s.  The Grand Island Senior High School Air Force JRTOC will be Posting and Retiring the Colors for the ceremony.

“We hope the community will join us as we honor the sacrifices of our members who are no longer with us,” said Alex Willford, administrator of the Grand Island Veterans’ Home.

Wreaths Across America began in 1992 when Worcester Wreath Company (a for-profit commercial business from Harrington, Maine) began a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.

The wreaths are donated to Arlington National Cemetery, state and national cemeteries across the country, as well as 24 veteran’s cemeteries on foreign soil, and aboard U.S. ships sailing in all seven seas.

The mission of the project is to remember, honor and teach by honoring every veterans’ memory for the holidays, as a way to show our gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices made to preserve our freedoms.

After the ceremony, volunteers will meet at the Nebraska Veterans Memorial Cemetery, to unload over 1,500 wreaths that were donated through a fundraiser coordinated by Mandee Lade from Grand Island Express.  These wreaths will be laid at each grave in the cemetery in honor of their service and sacrifice.  For additional information about assisting with this effort, Mandee can be reached at (308) 380-2316 or by e-mail at