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Wreaths Across America ceremony


During the holiday season, many Americans reflected on thankfulness - for their home, family and hard-won freedoms.

On a clear and blustery Saturday, Dec. 15, a stirring and solemn memorial service honoring the servicemen and women who gave their lives for these freedoms took place at the Kerrville National Cemetery.

Cadets with the local Civil Air Patrol squadron from Kerrville and Fredericksburg placed seven wreaths in memory of those who served in each branch of the armed services.

The wreaths were donated by the Maine Wreath Company, which sponsors the Wreaths Across America project. On Dec. 15, more than 75,000 remembrance wreaths were placed in veterans cemeteries as part of a nation-wide effort to honor fallen heroes during the holiday season.

Local veterans, as well as members of the Civil Air Patrol and other observers, attended the local ceremony.

Addressing the spectators, Lt. Col. Denis Finuf said, “Today, we show a united front of national unity all across the United States of America as we remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom.”

Following his remarks, the wreaths were placed and “Taps” sounded. The biting north wind whipped the flags. All spectators stood at attention, and heroes were remembered.

For more information on the Kerrville Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, call 830-896-3511.