Saturday, the city of Bellefontaine, participated in National Wreaths Across America Day as a large crowd gathered at Bellefontaine City Cemetery to lay wreaths on the graves of over 400 veterans. Working to get the job done were about 75 volunteers from the community including several students from Benjamin Logan and Bellefontaine City Schools, Rotary Club, and other volunteers.
In 2007, the Worcester family, who began the tradition of the annual Christmas wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, formed Wreaths Across America. The non-profit organization continues the Arlington tradition to Remember, Honor, and Teach and is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies across more than 3,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.
This is the third year that the Bellefontaine City Cemetery have held the Wreaths Across America Ceremony. However, this is the first year that sponsorships were solicited to honor individual veterans here.
This year, 468 wreaths were laid, honoring and remembering veterans.
The organization is asking for assistance to ensure that in 2023 all veterans within the cemetery are honored. For just $15 you can sponsor one wreath, two for $30, five for $75, and 10 for $150. Please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/OH0361 for more information.