Press release submitted by Rock Island Arsenal|
Wreaths Across America - Official Page -- The Rock Island National Cemetery will have a Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m., at the main cemetery flagpole. Maj. Gen. Kendall Penn, First Army Deputy Commanding General of Operations, will be the keynote speaker during the ceremony. The Wreaths Across America story began more than 19 years ago when Worcester Wreath Company (a for-profit commercial business from Harrington, Maine) and began a tradition of placing wreaths on the headstones of our nation's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery during the holidays. The wreath laying is now held annually on the second Saturday of December. This year, the organization has more than 800 participating locations in all 50 states and nearly 30 locations overseas. Today, Wreaths Across America reports it is on pace to lay between 355,000 to 401,000 remembrance wreaths on the headstones of those who served and sacrificed for our freedoms; all focused on the mission to Remember - Honor - and Teach. The public is invited to attend the Rock Island National Cemetery ceremony.