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Vernon Community places wreaths

Lynda Waller

VERNON -- The Vernon Community participated in the National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, December 19.

The ceremony remembers, honors, and teaches as it recognizes our veterans and reminds us that there is no greater gift, than for a man to lay down his life for another. The placement of wreaths coincided with more than 2,100 wreath-laying ceremonies in other communities around the nation, at sea, abroad and Arlington National Cemetery.

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Under the direction of Major William Chomos (USA Ret) and First Sergeant Tim Pickens (USA Ret), the Vernon Army JROTC sponsored the national observance locally. Approximately 150 wreaths were placed at Vernon City Cemetery, Luke AME Church Cemetery, and Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. As JROTC cadets and volunteers placed a wreath on each grave, the veteran's name was spoken as a tribute ensuring that his or her service to our country will not be forgotten.

Assisting Vernon High School JROTC cadets was the City of Vernon, Washington County School District, and Vernon High School. Family members and friends of the honored veterans made monetary donations for the purchase of wreaths.