On Saturday morning approximately 40 people gathered at Ms. Pisgah Cemetery’s Inspiration Garden Shelter to recognize Campbell County’s veterans. The sun shined bright on a day that was slightly warmer than what Gillette has experienced lately.
Campbell County’s Toni Brown spoke to the group about the Wreaths Across America program.
A number of veterans participated in the ceremony as well as youth in the Powder River Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP). County Commission Chairman DG Reardon and Mayor Louise Carter-King were both in attendance.
After a short speech volunteers in attendance, led by CAP cadets, took boxes of wreaths and began placing them on the graves of deceased veterans. A number of people took wreaths to present to living veterans at Legacy and Primrose in Gillette as well. Later this week, some in Wright plan to deliver wreaths to its living veterans as part of a hay ride.
Campbell County’s local group of CAP cadets is active in support and recognition of our local veterans, placing flags on graves on Veterans Day (County 17, Nov. 11) as well.
Brown has been working to grow the Wreaths Across America program in Campbell County for the last couple of years. The group successfully raised money for 333 wreaths this year, according to Brown, which were split between 37 boxes.
Wreaths are sponsored by individuals and businesses and are $15 each. Those interested in supporting the program can donate online. Any wreaths which are purchased online between now and the new year will be matched by the national Wreaths Across America organization, effectively doubling the number of wreaths.
You can donate directly to the local Wreaths Across America group by clicking here or visit wreathsacrossamerica.com and enter:
Group ID: WY0003P & Location ID: WYMPCG