CANFIELD, Ohio — Members of the Mahoning County, Ohio State University Master Gardeners will gather together Dec. 15 to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.
The Master Gardeners have volunteered to conduct the WAA ceremony this year at the Paradise Lutheran Church Cemetery, 3689 W. Western Reserve Road, Canfield, and the Paradise United Church of Christ Cemetery, 10020 New Buffalo Road, Canfield, Dec. 15 starting at 10 a.m.
They will meet at 10 a.m. at the New Buffalo Road Cemetery and proceed to the Western Reserve Road location at about 11:15 a.m. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served, honor their sacrifices.
Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and POW/MIA will be placed on memorials during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at more than 750 participating locations across the country.
Currently 85 wreaths are slated for delivery to the OSU Extension office in Canfield.
In 2012, it is projected that more than 400,000 wreaths will be placed nationwide, by over 150,000 volunteers as part of the Wreaths Across America mission.
The Wreaths Across America story began more than 20 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of our nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.
Worcester Wreath Company continues to be a major supporter of the project, donating more than 30,000 total wreaths in 2011. Wreaths will be placed in all 50 states from Maine to Alaska and Hawaii, and at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.
Anyone who would like to sponsor a wreath, or would like more information about events, should call Hugh Earnhart at 330-757-4727 for more information.