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For Immediate Release
December 5, 2014

Nancy Klimek, Grand Island Veterans Home, 308-385-6252, ext. 458,
Bill Wiley, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-6585,

Grand Island Veterans Home to Host
“Wreaths Across America” Ceremony

 Remember the fallen; Honor those who serve; Teach our children the value of freedom.
Lincoln – The All Faiths Chapel at the Grand Island Veterans Home will be the site of a “Wreaths Across America” Ceremony on Saturday, December 13th 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 wreaths will be placed in the Nebraska Veterans Memorial Cemetery during the holiday season to help remind everyone of the sacrifices made by our nation’s veterans.
The Patriot Guard Riders are sponsoring this event, which coincides with ceremonies that are taking place at the same time across the country.  John Paul Arias, American Legion Department of Nebraska District 6 Vice 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/MIAs and KIAs.
“Remembering our country’s veterans during the holidays is a fitting tribute to the many veterans who served our country in times past.” said John Hilgert, Director of the Division of Veterans’ Homes in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “It’s because of their sacrifices that we enjoy democracy today. They are truly America’s heroes and should be recognized.”
The Wreaths Across America story 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.
In addition to the 10,000 wreaths destined for Arlington National Cemetery each year, wreaths are also donated to state and national cemeteries across the country, as well as to 24 veterans’ cemeteries on foreign soil, and on board U.S. ships sailing in all seven seas. The mission of the Wreaths Across America project is to remember, honor and teach by honoring every veteran’s memory for the holidays, as a way to show our gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices made to preserve our freedoms.
Located in Grand Island, the GIVH is one of four Veterans’ Homes run by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The other homes are located in Bellevue, Norfolk and Scottsbluff.  For more information about the DHHS Division of Veterans’ Homes, go to
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